Why Hand Washing Matters
Protect yourself and your family: Wash your hands. This basic hygiene practice helps prevent the spread of germs, including the coronavirus, which can lead to the illness known as COVID-19.
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that washing our hands is of critical importance. But, between hand washings, the second thing we can do to reduce our risk of infection is to stop touching our faces. This might sound simple, but if you pay attention, you’re likely to find yourself touching your own face as often as 20 to 25 times every hour!
So, how do we break this habit when we didn’t even realize we had it?
Be mindful of your triggers
Spend one day making note of all the times you touch your face and what triggered the touching. Consider using scented lotion on your hands so you’re more likely to notice when they’re near your face. Then, make a plan to address each trigger. For example:
Keep your hands busy
Many of us touch our faces during stressful times without even realizing it, as it can be a source of comfort. Keeping your hands busy can break this habit. Try these tips:
When you have to touch your face
Let’s face it—sometimes you just have to touch your face. The key is to be intentional about it. So, when you need to put in contacts, shave or floss, create a new habit of washing your hands first.