Stop touching your face. It is one of the barrier measures recommended by the health authorities during this period of coronavirus crisis. But this seems easier said than done, as the reflex is anchored in us. Experts, however, offer solutions.
The nose and respiratory system
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It is a fact that this type of infection is transmitted through droplets emitted by people who cough or sneeze. When a person touches a, these droplets are carried on his hands. And from his hands, very quickly, to his face and especially to his facial: nose, mouth or eyes.
Changing our habits
In one, Brian Anderson, a behavior expert, explains that the first step in getting rid of this annoying mania is to be aware of the situations in which we put our hands to our face. It does not happen by chance during the day. But rather when we are tired or bored, for example.
However, becoming aware of this mania will not be enough to make it disappear. For this, it will be necessary to develop a new habit which will replace it in the. New habits that should be as close as the old ones, while being more secure. Touch yourself for example the back of the head, further away from your mucous membranes. However, it will take time.