How to Stop Touching Your Face During Coronavirus

It's easier said than done but these expert tips can help you prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Public-health officials consistently promote hand-washing as a way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19. However, this virus can live on metal and plastic for days, so simply adjusting your eyeglasses with unwashed hands might be enough to infect yourself. Thus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have been telling people to stop touching their faces. 

Doing so, however, is easier said than done. People touch their faces frequently. They wipe their eyes, scratch their noses, bite their nails and twirl their mustaches. People touch their faces more when they are anxious, embarrassed or stressed, but also when they aren't feeling anything at all. Studies show that people touch their faces between nine and 23 times per hour, on average.

So how can stop touching your face? Read the full story on for tips from experts in public health and psychological science.