Originally Posted by spncity
For your question - maybe - like sneezing into elbow instead of hands, find a way to keep germs away from fingers. Rub upper part of nose with wrist/back of hand (not touching nostrils or eyes for that matter). Keep fingers away since you touch other things with fingers. Maybe (?) this is safer until you can wash.
Use germ-killing disposable tissues?
Regarding touching the face, I have all kinds of weird thoughts about this one. I'm very allergic to poison oak and just got a bit on a trip last week. It's actually an oil that you cannot see (kind of like viruses ... invisible but there). I got it on my lips a bit, after touching my shoes (I think). So there is a real time example of the dangers of touching bad stuff.
I mentioned to the doctor just a couple of weeks ago that I use the back of my wrist area which has guy hairs
to lightly scratch my nose when it itches a bit. He wasn't impressed with my technique. Gave me a doubtful look.
Maybe using a tissue to itch the face is a good idea? It's an extra effort for sure but I carry them all the time because of light allergies.
I don't think I'm fearful of viral infections, just trying to come up with best practices. After all, what do you do in ER when you like to analyze stuff to death?