In our story, children are encouraged not to pick their nose because they might put the virus up their nose!
You see, the coronavirus can’t enter your body through the skin of your hands, as long as your skin does not have any open wounds or cuts. Your hands are actually covered with dead skin cells that the virus can’t infect! These dead skin cells are your first line of defense against contracting infections. But virus particles can get ONTO your hands when you touch surfaces in public spaces. These virus particles have landed there from people coughing and sneezing, for example.
The problem occurs when your hands are dirty, meaning they could have virus particles on them, and then you touch your nose OR your eyes or mouth. Your eyes, nose and mouth are portals into your body for viruses and bacteria. These sites contain living cells which viruses can use to gain entry into your body.
We focused on the nose in our story as the coronavirus’ “door” to the body because children are often messing with their noses. They also don’t use tissues to do this or wash their hands before or after doing so as often as an adult would think to do.
This is why teaching kids how to properly wash their hands – and practicing it with them! – is so important.