To stop the spread of COVID-19 the medical community has recommended that you stop touching your face. Easier said than done! We touch our face and average of 23 times and hour.
How can I stop touching my face?
Start being mindful when you touch your face, try to catch yourself before you do it. Easier said than done since we’re doing it unconsciously. Don’t Touch Your Face is a tool that teaches you to avoid touching your face using your webcam. So you’ll need a full laptop as it won’t work with your smartphone camera.
You train a machine learning algorithm with your webcam
The website alerts you when you’re touching your face
Over time, you learn to stop touching your face
How does “Don’t Touch Your Face” work?
It uses your webcam, and you train a machine learning algorithm (specifically Tensorflow.js) to recognize you touching your face and not touching your face. Once it’s trained, it watches and alerts you when you touch your face. It only works on your a full computer, so no luck trying it out on your phone.
Why is it so important not to touch your face?
Kate Winslet’s character in Contagion does a pretty good job of describing dangers. We don’t yet know for sure how long the coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces like doorknobs, railings, and subway poles, but similar viruses have been shown to last for days. This gives the virus lots of time to live on our fingers and make it into the mucous membranes of our eyes, nose and mouth.