HOUSTON, Texas -- With COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpassing 250,000 by early April, health officials are still recommending basic hygiene tips to limit the spread of the virus.
Experts say one of the simplest things we can do to keep from being infected is to stop touching our face, which the average people does about 23 times an hour.
ABC13 spoke with James Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences at Rice University, on how to reduce this routine habit.
"Avoiding touching your face is more effective than any other medical interventions for stopping the spread of the virus," Pomerantz said.
His team of researchers at the university created an online chart that lists five tips that should help people stop touching their faces.
"Many of us have taken a course in introductory psychology where we learned about conditioning and the laws of behavior, and how we can establish and change behavior," Pomerantz said. "We know that this works."