How to stop yourself touching your face during coronavirus pandemic

As more and more people become infected by coronavirus, or COVID-19, health officials continue to underly the importance of not touching your face without washing your hands before.

The deadly disease, which has so far killed 35 people in the UK with a total of 1,372 confirmed cases, can be transmitted by germs on surfaces being touched by people before then being brought in contact with one’s face.

The instruction to stop this everyday task may seem simple enough, but in practice, it can be harder than you think.

Psychologist Natasha Tiwari told the BBC that “we’re hardwired” to touch our faces.

She explained that the action is a way to calm ourselves down by “activating certain pressure points”.

One way that can help, Natasha explained, is to wear glasses instead of contact lenses.

Another is by wearing less make-up so you don’t have to top it up throughout the day.

But perhaps the most helpful that everyone can use is by crossing your hands.

“Rather than perhaps when you’re always moving around and having your hands like this and making it so easy for them to land on your face, making an effort to cross your hands and pop them on your lap,” she continued.

“Then, when the urge comes to pick your hands up and touch your face, you’ll be more aware of what you’re doing and you’ll be quicker to catch yourself.”

It comes after an Australian doctor claimed to have found a cure for the killer disease.

Professor David Paterson told that the treatment centres around two drugs – the first used to suppress HIV while the second is an anti-malaria drug.

"It's a 'potentially effective treatment' that should be considered for a large scale medical trial immediately,” he said.

"What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we're going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs."

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