Keep your hands off your face!

I’ve developed a horrible habit of touching my face when I’m concentrating.  Sometimes, it’s my thumb near the corner of my mouth, sometimes it’s my entire left hand cradling my neck and ear and sometimes I find myself stroking the sides of my face! What’s going on?

I know that bacteria are everywhere I touch. Transference is easy, especially if you don’t frequently wash your hands. Fingertips touching your eyes, touching your nose, your mouth can immediately set you up for an infection.

Here is an example of how quickly germs materialize:  From Donna Gill Allen –  “I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread. You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence ‘controlled’ then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for ‘clean’ last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty.”

“Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing”.

And boy does the bread change…