An expert has revealed that regularly touching your face can play an important role in the spread of diseases such as coronavirus.
Dr. James Cherry, an expert in infectious diseases at UCLA, has warned that the masks worn by many hoping to protect themselves against the virus won’t really help if you still touch your eyes or other crevasses – a common way to get virus .
He says that the normal movement, which is obvious to most people, should be avoided, and he recommends that you wear gloves to make you more aware of your movements, or to keep your hands busy by folding them.
Martin Grunwald, who wrote a book about touch perception titled Homo hapticus, reveals that politicians are “extensively trained” not to touch their faces, and explains that “self-touch frequency” is a “negative effect” and divert attention from public speech.
Dr. James Cherry, a UCLA expert in infectious diseases, says that the regular movement of touching your face, which is naturally the case for most, is something that should be avoided and advises to wear gloves or to keep your hands busy
Speak to the LA Times, Cherry said: “Surgical masks do not cover the eyes. And people who wear masks can sometimes have an itchy nose and if they rub their nose through their mask, they probably rub their eyes.
“Viruses love to infect through the eyes, nose and mouth.”
He says: “Consider wearing gloves. The latest food safety gloves can also be used on smartphone screens and gloves can make you more aware of touching your face. “
He has warned that the masks worn by many hoping to protect themselves against the virus will not help if you touch your eyes or other crevasses – a common way to catch a virus – advise people to wear gloves
The best tips from Dr. Cherry to prevent touching your face
Dr. Cherry advises to become aware of when you touch your face and stop yourself before you do it.
Keep your hands busy
He advises folding your hands or keeping them busy so that you are less tempting to touch your face.
Use sterile contraceptives
The expert recommends using sterile wooden tongue spatulas to scratch itch or wash your hands before and after scratching.
He proposes to wear gloves to prevent the spread of germs.
The expert recommends using sterile wooden tongue spatulas to scratch itch or wash your hands before and after scratching
Nathan Winch, a prize-winning entrepreneur who has sold a successful hand-cleaning company, said to Femail: “Viruses can penetrate your body through the mouth, nose or eyes, so every time you rub your eyes when you’re tired, you put your hand up your mouth to suppress a yawn or scratch your nose, you run the risk of letting coronavirus enter.
‘The virus can cling to mucous membranes and destroy cells in the throat, nose or sinuses. From there it can attack the lungs and kidneys of someone with a weakened immune system.
‘If you feel itchy scratching, make up or contact lenses or dentures, try washing your hands thoroughly before and after touching your face. You can also consider wearing sterilized gloves when you are on the road and if possible have a hand disinfectant with you. “
Meanwhile, author Martin Grunwald revealed that politicians have been extensively trained not to touch their faces, because this entails negative connotations and distracts them from speeches.
In his book Homo hapticus, Martin writes: ‘Every person touches his eyes, cheeks, chin and mouth spontaneously every day. These spontaneous touches in the face (sFST) are generated with little or no consciousness and are distinguished from gestures and instrumental actions.
‘It has been demonstrated that the frequency of self-touch is influenced by negative affects and attention distraction and may be involved in regulating emotions and working memory functions.
“For example, politicians learn through extensive training to prevent them from touching their faces while speaking in public.”