A nurse has warned you could be spreading coronavirus through your nails.
According to the Australian medical worker, the deadly bug can live in your fingernails, so if you bite them, Covid-19 could spread to your mouth.
It comes after a woman’s Facebook post went viral, in which she was given a warning about keeping nails short.
She added that people have been prioritising washing their hands, they are forgetting about their finger nails.
The Facebook post read: “Among all the hand-washing instructions and the fun 20-second song suggestions, I haven’t seen anyone note that it is impossible to wash your hands properly if your fingernails are long.”
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Anyone with fake nails should remove them
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The woman went onto say there is an easy way to tell if your fingernails are short enough.
“If you can’t put your fingernails straight down against your other palm without your nails adding too much distance to do it, you cannot wash under your fingernails properly unless you use a nail brush every time,” the post continued.
And while many of us have been using hand sanitiser regularly to prevent coronavirus, the woman said it won’t work for those with long nails.
“If you can’t rub the very ends of your fingers against the other palm, then your hands aren’t truly clean after you wash them, no matter how long you soap up,” she wrote.
“Please, during this global emergency, keep your nails short.”
There is an easy way to tell if your nails are short enough
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Many commented on the post, pointing out that it is standard practice for medical professionals to have short nails.
Others added that nurses cannot have fake nails due to the amount of bacteria they can carry, and have advised anyone that has them to remove them.
The comment read: “Nurses can’t have painted or fake nails as they harbour an incredible amount of bacteria. This is true even when not in a pandemic.”
Purvi Parikh, an allergy and infectious disease specialist with New York University’s Langone Medical Center, previously told The Cut : “Bacteria, viruses, dirt and debris can collect under the nails and can then be transferred to your mouth if you bite your nails.
“Every time you touch your face especially your mouth, nose and eyes, you’re transferring all of those germs. And you can get sick.
“The infectious disease specialist added that germs going into the mouth is the easiest way you can contract any infection.”