Just when you think you’ve heard every warning possible about COVID-19, scientists are warning people not to pick their nose or risk infecting themselves and/or others. According to a report from CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ, nose-picking is more than a social stigma, it’s downright deadly!:
Not only are people spreading their own bacteria and viruses onto everything they touch after a bout of digging for gold — but you also “transfer germs from your fingertips into the nose, which is the exact opposite of what you want,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Pottinger, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
That means that you can spread coronavirus to others from your nose-picking session, and you are also more likely to bring that virus, along with others like influenza or rhinovirus (the common cold), directly into your body.
Nose-picking is frowned upon, but now removing a bothersome booger could lead to more than social shunning, it could lead to you croaking. Maybe it’s time to dig up Nancy Reagan’s classic “Just say no” campaign and modify it to nostril-mining.