17 Ways You Might Catch COVID

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14. Touching Your Mouth, Nose, and Face

Touch Face

We humans touch our faces an alarming amount of times per day. A 2015 study determined that participants touched their faces 23 times per hour on average. The problem with all this subconscious face touching during a pandemic is the possible transfer of the virus from our hands to our mucus membranes. If we pick up respiratory droplets from surfaces or from standing close to an infected person, we could transfer those droplets into our mouths, noses, and even our ears. Avoid touching your face as much as possible to keep you safer from catching COVID. 

If you’ve got allergies that cause itchy, watery eyes, it can be quite the challenge to keep from rubbing them. To avoid catching COVID, you need to resist the urge. For those of you who don’t have allergies, you might be surprised by how many times you also rub your eyes during the day. Then you touch your cell phone, shopping carts, and door knobs. And then what do you do? You rub your eyes again! Try to break the rub-your-eyes habit during the pandemic to avoid catching coronavirus.

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