June 20, 2024

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Can picking your nose raise the risk of catching COVID-19? The answer may (not) shock you

Close up of woman picking her nose

A guilty pleasure for some, nose-picking may raise the risk of contracting COVID-19. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Face mask — check. Goggles — check. Gloves — check. Protective measures like these were all too familiar to health care workers caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But despite all these efforts to reduce the virus’ spread, medical providers were still tempted to engage in a likely risky but all-too-common habit: Nose picking.