A new study has found :
A new study has found that a seemingly harmless habit could actually increase your risk of catching COVID-19. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, found that people who picked their noses were more likely to test positive for the virus than those who didn’t.
The majority of the participants, 85%, admitted they have found themselves accidentally picking their noses, adding that men and younger people were more likely to admit to the habit.
The study looked at data from over 1,000 healthcare workers who were tested for COVID-19. The researchers found that 17.3% of the workers who picked their noses tested positive for the virus, compared to just 5.9% of the workers who didn’t.
The researchers believe that picking your nose could increase your risk of catching COVID-19 because it can spread the virus from your hands to your nose. When you pick your nose, you can easily transfer germs from your hands to your nose, where they can then enter your body.
The study’s findings are a reminder of the importance of good hand hygiene. If you want to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, it’s important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You should also avoid touching your face, and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Here are some additional tips to help you avoid picking your nose:
Keep your nails trimmed short.
Use a tissue to blow your nose.
If you feel the urge to pick your nose, try to resist.
If you do pick your nose, wash your hands immediately afterwards.
By following these tips, you can help keep yourself and others healthy.