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The Small Stresses of Keeping Coronavirus-Free

Why is it so, so hard to stop touching your face?
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Recently, in this time of coronavirus, I got home and dutifully to two cycles of “Happy Birthday.” Then I did what I automatically do when my mind is idle and my hands are free, which is to take my phone out of my pocket—the same phone, I groaned upon realizing, that I had just been using with unwashed hands while riding the bus and buying groceries and touching doorknobs. I set my phone on the counter but immediately regretted it. Did I need to disinfect my

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