It has been a while since I put this series to bed, but I thought I would resuscitate it since we are officially in The Thick of It.
It is so important not to touch our faces at the moment. And so difficult! A study from New South Wales in 2015 filmed 26 medical students who had been told that they were under observation and that they should try to keep their hands under control. Despite this pressure, they touched their faces 23 times an hour on average. That is once every three minutes. Half the time this involved their eyes, nose and mouth, those little bits of us that are lined with sensitive membranes that viruses home in on.
So if you are stuck at home, wondering what family game to play, sit around the table for three minutes and try not to touch your face. Let me know how you get on!
Dr John Holliday