Avoiding touching things

COVID-19 is usually spread from one person to another. There is a smaller chance of getting COVID-19 from touching things, even if they have the COVID-19 virus on them. However, if you touch something with COVID-19 and then touch your face, there is a chance you could get sick.

You can lower your chance of getting COVID-19 by avoiding touching things that others have touched. If you can’t avoid it, you can wash or sanitize your hands afterwards. Another option is to clean things before touching them. You can carry cleaning wipes with you when you’re out.

Examples of avoiding touching things others have touched:

  • When you run errands, bring your own pen to sign receipts.
  • Use your elbow to push doors open or push elevator buttons. Otherwise, sanitize your hands afterwards.
  • When you have people over, put out individual portions of food so guests don’t have to share serving utensils.
  • Use a wipe to clean the cart handle before shopping.

Examples of “high-touch” objects that many people touch:

  • Door handles
  • Counters
  • Credit card machines
  • Light switches
  • Railings
  • Faucets and sinks
  • Toilet flushers and lids
  • Remote controls and electronics
  • Keyboards
  • Phones and other devices

People often touch their face without realizing it. It’s important to avoid touching your face to lower your chance of getting COVID-19.

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