WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- You've been told over and over not to touch your face during the coronavirus pandemic, but that's easier said than done.
Most people touch their face up to 23 times an hour and don't even realize they're doing it, a psychologist says.
"Typically, we'll do something like shaking someone's hand and then failing to wash our hands properly, followed by touching our faces and then we're off to the races with an infection and symptoms that will show up in two to 14 days," said Jim Pomerantz, a professor of psychological sciences at Rice University in Houston.
"It's much better to prevent an infection than to try to deal with it after the fact, and that's the purpose of our work here," he said in a university news release.
Here are Pomerantz's tips to keep your fingers off your face.
"Many of us have taken a course in introductory psychology where we learned about conditioning and the laws of behavior, and how we can establish and change behavior," Pomerantz said.
"We know that this works. And if people put these ideas into practice immediately, we're going to see, we hope, some flattening of the curve much more quickly than otherwise," he added.
For more on face touching, head to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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