With the coronavirus dominating the news cycle, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has offered some simple guidelines to help avoid COVID-19. These include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and not touching your face.
The science on the last one is basically your fingers might touch something infected, which on its own is no big deal. But if you then rub your eyes or pick your nose or touch your mouth, your risk of contracting a disease is higher. So, it’s really not just a good coronavirus-prevention method, but just good advice in general. Still, Twitter was not pleased.
All I DO is touch my face! I'm doing it right now, *as I type*!— Mica Arbeiter (@micarbeiter) February 28, 2020
shit i just touched my face again while reading this tweet https://t.co/DbYIP3PYDi— Swapna Krishna (@skrishna) February 28, 2020
Did not realize how often I touch my face until the CDC explicitly told me not to touch my face.— Allison Raskin (@AllisonRaskin) February 28, 2020
When the CDC tells me not to touch my face pic.twitter.com/zGh6nqMviQ— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) February 28, 2020
CDC: Don't touch your face.— Lola Gayle (@LolaGayleC) February 28, 2020
FACE: Touch your face. Itch!
ME: But. The CDC.
FACE: So what. Touch your face. Itch!
CDC: Don't touch your face.
ME: GAAAAAAAH! *rubs face with sandpaper*
The CDC, WHO, most epidemiologists, et al: Be diligent about washing your hands, but the best defense against Coronavirus is DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE.— Harley/Egg Sandwich OTP (@jvfriedman) February 28, 2020
My ADHD ass: pic.twitter.com/ENMmAAt1or
CDC told me not to touch my face pic.twitter.com/ldOeWOWIDr— Saint Grobian (@Saint_Grobian) February 28, 2020
CDC: don’t touch your face— Brooke Rogers 🌻 (@bkerogers) February 28, 2020
CDC: Don’t touch your face— Blake Neiman 🌊🌊🌊 (@13lake) February 28, 2020
When this is all over I’m gonna touch my face so fucking much— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) February 28, 2020
Yup! Face-touching is a tricky habit to break. But no need to panic. The World Health Organization’s rules on handwashing can also help. Check em out here.
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