A Matter of Perspective
If you visit our Facebook page, you may have seen my short video on how many times a day we touch our faces. In a five minute time-lapse, I touched mine at least 10-15 times. That’s probably higher than the normal.
“According to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection Control, people touch their faces more than 20 times an hour on average. About 44 percent of the time, it involves contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.”
This is how viruses spread and why it is so important to NOT touch your face.
We touch all kinds of surfaces and other things throughout the day. Each time we do so and then touch our face, we can be spreading bad things.
According to an article published on statnews.com, “From picking up objects to turning doorknobs, we’re constantly touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens. These pathogens can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face—eyes, nose, and mouth—that act as pathways to the throat and lungs.”
The report also had this to say, “The Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is believed to be spread mostly by inhaling droplets released when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. But these droplets can also land on surfaces that we touch with our hands.
“‘Some pathogens can last for about nine days on surfaces, so we are constantly coming in contact with potential pathogens that can cause an infection,’ said Jennifer Hanrahan, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Toledo Medical Center.”
So, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE!
This cannot be over-emphasized at this time.
The report also stated, “Experts say one way to break the cycle is to simply make it more difficult to touch your face.
“‘If people are to wear gloves and glasses, they are less likely to touch their face,’ said Wendy Wood, provost professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California.
“Previous outbreaks, such as SARS, have shown the importance of washing hands regularly and not touching the face with them.
“A study published late last year on hand hygiene and the global spread of disease through air transportation found that if people wash their hands while at the airport, the spread of a pandemic could be curbed by up to 69 percent. The same research group previously found only an estimated 20 percent of people have clean hands while at airports.”
That is staggering. You would think by now we would be washing our hands properly and regularly.
At any rate, continue to wash your hands and stop touching your face. Do what you need to do to help yourself not touch your face.
I guess I will probably have to wear my hair in a pony tail so my hair doesn’t touch my face. When it does, I constantly brush my face to get the hair away from it.
From a conspiracy theory outlook, this is some scary stuff and even though Stephen King doesn’t want anyone comparing this COVID-19 to his book The Stand, comparisons cannot help but be made...