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CDC recommends not touching your face to stop spread of COVID-19. It's harder than it looks.

Posted at 9:44 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 22:14:07-04

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Washing your hands is important. The CDC recommends 20 seconds of scrubbing to prevent the spread of illnesses such as Coronavirus.

Health officials are also recommending people try to stop touching their faces.

“It’s just a nervous habit I guess,” Grand Valley State University student Alexa Philbrick said

Stopping touching your face is easier said than done. Sunday, FOX 17 tested it for ourselves. We observed two groups of Grand Valley State University students for 20 minutes each to see just how often they touched their faces without realizing.

“Yeah, I know I do. I mean, I even do it when I’m driving. So it’s just a habit,” GVSU student Adrian Hall said.

We told the students we were observing them looking for "a certain human behavior," but didn't tell the students what specifically we were looking for.

“The coronavirus has been all over the news and stuff, so I assumed it had something to do with sickness,” Alexa Philbrick said.

It happened again, and again, and again. Nearly every student we watched touched their face. It's a hard habit to break. But the first step is to realize you're doing it.

“I’ve been a lot more conscious of it, now, just because of what’s going on,” GVSU student Viviana Rubio said.