The guidelines and restrictions in place to limit social interaction around the world are imperative to halting the spread of the coronavirus, despite the cultural and financial implications for businesses like hair and nail salons, which in many places are closed for the foreseeable future.
As we all settle into a new normal, many of our routine activities, such as haircuts and manicures, are off the table. But there's a reason to be cognizant of our nails that has nothing to do with vanity ― nails, especially long ones, can play host to germs and bacteria, including those associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Coronavirus across the globe
Coronavirus across the globe
Buddhists pray during the Buddha's birthday ceremony at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. This year a ceremony to celebrate the birth anniversary was put off from April 30 to May 30 due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Kashmiri Hindu perform rituals during the annual festival at Kheer Bhawani temple amid the Coronavirus pandemic in Jammu, India, Saturday, May 30, 2020. The festival was marked in a low key manner due to the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Health workers collect a nasal swab sample from a Buddhist monk to test for the coronavirus at the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sarayuth Jojaiharn))
A Buddhist believer holds a notice about precautions against the new coronavirus during the Buddha's birthday ceremony at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. This year a ceremony to celebrate the birth anniversary was put off from April 30 to May 30 due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A public safety worker sprays a disinfectant solution in the streets of the El Rosario neighborhood, which had seen a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
John Price and Bijan Black have lunch with their son Parker Price, 2, all of Seat Pleasant, Md., at the Wharf area in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2020. This was their first time venturing out since the coronavirus pandemic started. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Women stand at a distance as they wait in line for a plate of food at a soup kitchen in the 1.11.14 neighborhood during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Soccer players play front of empty stands during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Freiburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, 29 May, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak all soccer matches go the German Bundesliga without spectators. (Ronald Wittek/Pool via AP)
Fans attend the drive-in concert of the Hungarian rock band Tankcsapda at the Debrecen International Airport in Debrecen, Hungary, Friday, May 29, 2020, when concert halls are still closed in Hungary due to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP)
People, wearing face masks and observing social distancing guidelines to protect against coronavirus, attend Friday prayers, outside Fatih mosque, in Istanbul, Friday, May 29, 2020. Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government re-opened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Prayers were held in the courtyards of a select number of mosques on Friday, to minimize the risk of infection. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
ANTALYA, TURKEY - MAY 28: An aerial view of sunbeds placed to comply the rules of social distance near Konyaalti Coastline within the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic measures in Antalya, Turkey on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 28: A view of cars during drive-in-theatre amid coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic organized by CarrefourSA in Istanbul, Turkey on May 28, 2020. The Turkish movie "Our Family" was screened on the theatre. (Photo by Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 29, 2020: A woman enters Slavyansky Bulvar Station of the Moscow Metro. The Moscow authorities have extended the self-isolation regime in Moscow through June 14 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Vladimir Gerdo/TASS (Photo by Vladimir Gerdo\TASS via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 28: An aerial view of cars during drive-in-theatre amid coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic organized by CarrefourSA in Istanbul, Turkey on May 28, 2020. The Turkish movie "Our Family" was screened on the theatre. (Photo by Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A member of Myanmar's parliament sits by himself while abiding by social distancing rules with a plastic divider at a table, in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw parliament building in Naypyidaw on May 29, 2020. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP) (Photo by THET AUNG/AFP via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 29: Aircrafts from Japan's Air Self-Defense Force's acrobatic flight team, known as Blue Impulse, fly over central Tokyo area on May 29, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan's Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatics corps flew over Tokyo to show respect and gratitude towards medical workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Parisian Healthcare workers gather in front of the Robert Debre hospital to call for better working conditions and an increase of manpower as French government launched general talks amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Paris, France on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A Nepalese Health personnel in protective gear check the body temperature of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agni Prasad Sapkota using thermal gun during the announcement of the new government's budget for the fiscal year 2020/2021 at Federal Parliament, Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 28, 2020: A man wears a respirator in a street. The self-isolation regime is extended in Moscow through June 14 in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Tereshchenko\TASS via Getty Images)
Healthcare employees work in the intensive care unit of Saint-Louis hospital in Paris, on May 28, 2020 as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP) (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Loren Sweatt (L), is greeted by Representative David Roe before a House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing: "Examining the Federal Government's Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19," on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Rod Lamkey / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ROD LAMKEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a shrine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Potrait of Disinfectors of the 9th Alpine Regiment, in L'Aquila, Italy, on May 20, 2027, during sanitize in an Church. Disinfectors of the 9th Alpine Regiment sanitize the Cathedral of St. Bernardino from Siena. The 9th Alpine Regiment intervenes in the sanitization of one of the symbol places of worship of the city of L'Aquila. (Photo by Andrea Mancini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Vendors wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a night market in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Two employees wear face masks, to prevent against the spread of coronavirus, as they prepare the plenary room at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The European Union is to unveil Wednesday a massive coronavirus recovery plan worth hundreds of billions of euros to help countries rebuild their ailing economies, but the bloc remains deeply divided over what conditions should be attached to the funds. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
People ride electric scooters in the Villa Borghese park, in Rome, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Alternative means of transport are being promoted in Italy's major metropolitan areas following public transports' restrictions that have been set for containing the COVID-19 spread. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Bosnian muslims, some wearing face masks to protect themselves from the COVID-19 infection, attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _ a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he and Jill Biden arrive to place a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park, in New Castle. (Image: AP)
An aerial view shows a ward converted to a field hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. With dramatically increased community transmissions of coronavirus , Cape Town has become the center of the outbreak in South Africa and the continent. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)
John Bickler visits the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, Monday, May 25, 2020. The annual Memorial Day commemoration was held without the public in attendance due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic, faces supporters taking pictures with cell phones as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic, yell out against journalists, calling them "trash" and "coup plotters," after the president's departure from his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus march past a banner depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping at their living squatter inside the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The Frecce Tricolori aerobatic squad of the Italian Air Force flies over Milan's Duomo cathedral, northern Italy, Monday, May 25, 2020 on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic on June 2, 1946. This year the acrobatic squad will fly over several Italian cities to bring a message of unity and solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A supporter of the late Yugoslav communist president Josip Broz Tito wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus holds an old Yugoslav flag with the communist five-point star in front of memorial complex prior to a wreath laying ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 25, 2020. People flocked to Tito's grave to mark the 128th anniversary of his birth. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Shoppers maintain a safe social distance between each other as they wait in line to enter a food section of the Matsuya Ginza department store which partially reopens Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to remove a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures later in the day. Japanese words read as "For entrance only." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Dhaka, Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)
Indian policemen patrol during Eid al-Fitr near the Jama Mosque at the old quarters of New Delhi, India, Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MAY 24: Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wearing face masks with his face wave and shout slogans during a demonstration in favor of his government amidst the coronavirus pandemic in front of Planalto Palace on May 24, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil has over 352,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and 22,291 deaths. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)
Bosnian muslims, some wearing face masks to protect themselves from the COVID-19 infection, attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _ a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
A Muslim man wearing a protective mask prepares to pray outside the closed National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Worshippers wearing protective face masks offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a shrine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Augsburg's Eduard Loewen celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Nuns and faithful respecting social distancing look at Pope Francis reciting the Regina Coeli noon prayer on a giant screen in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2020. For the first time in months, well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday papal blessing, casting their gaze at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful, since the square had been closed due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Muslims, some wearing face masks and gloves to protect against coronavirus, observe social distancing guidelines as they attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Grozny, Russia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
MANAUS, BRAZIL - MAY 23: Melida Marquez, a 23 years old venezuelan woman holds a sign asking for job and help with her daughter Genesis, 6, at downtown Manaus on May 23 2020 in Manaus, Brazil. Melida arrived in Manaus a year ago, is pregnant of her fourth kid and has no protective masks. She uses the money got from pedestrians to buy food for her family. Brazil has now 330.890 people infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) according to Health Ministry and became the the second country in the world with more cases. (Photo by Andre Coelho/Getty Images)
French bishop Monsignor Emmanuel Gobilliard wearing a protective face mask, prepares to lead the first mass in the Lyon Saint-Jean cathedral since the beginning of the lock down due to Covid 19 pandemic, on May 23, 2020. - France went into lockdown on March 17, to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)
A man stands outside his house, flanked by white cloths displayed to demand humanitarian aid during the home quarantine against the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, at Concepcion neighborhood in San Salvador on May 23, 2020. - El Salvador's Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) revalidated on the eve the state of emergency decree -in force since last March- to face the COVID-19 pandemic, after intervening in a legal battle between the Legislative Assembly and the government of President Nayik Bukele. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (Photo by YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - MAY 23: A man wearing a protective face mask looks at a clothing store with protective masks on mannequins on May 23, 2020 in Turin, Italy. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - MAY 23: A server wearing a protective mask serves a table of people in Piazza Vittorio Veneto on May 23, 2020 in Turin, Italy. On May 23, the Piedmont Region was able to reopen table seating at cafes and bars as long as people practice social distancing. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - MAY 23: Volunteers wearing protective face masks and face shields check in with operators of a factory converted to a dormitory on May 23, 2020 in Singapore. This reassurance operation is an initiative by Covid-19 Migrant Support Coalition, a non-governmental group in Singapore.(Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
A patient covers his face in the COVID-19 zone of a hospital in Atizapan, Mexico, on May 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
A health worker checks a patient at the COVID-19 zone of a hospital in Atizapan, Mexico, on May 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
The poster dedicated by Armani to all Italian nurses in Milan on May 22, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22: Two women are seen talking at the town of Griñón during day 69th of the state of alarm decreed as a result of the coronavirus and still phase 0 of the reduction of confinement established by the Government on May 22, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 22: Chinese women from the country's ethnic minority groups wear protective masks as as they talk before the opening of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on May 22, 2020 in Beijing, China. China opened its annual parliamentary gathering, known as 'The Two Sessions', at the Great Hall of the People on May 21 after being postponed at the heigh of the coronavirus outbreak in China earlier this year. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Paramilitary police officers stand guard in front of a poster of late communist leader Mao Zedong on a street south of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China moved to impose stringent new security laws on restive Hong Kong as its coronavirus-delayed parliamentary session opened on May 22 with a warning from Premier Li Keqiang of the "immense" challenges facing the world's second-largest economy. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
A police officer issues a pro-democracy protester (C) with a fine for breaking government-imposed social distancing rules against the COVID-19 coronavirus, during a march from outside the Western Police Station to the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. - A proposal to enact new Hong Kong security legislation was submitted to China's rubber-stamp on May 22, state media said, a move expected to fan fresh protests in the semi-autonomous financial hub. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 21, 2020: Dmitry Nikitenko (L), first deputy general director of the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center, and Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), by a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft of the United States Air Force at Vnukovo-3 Airport. The plane has delivered medical ventilators for the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center. The USA plans to donate 200 ventilators to Russia amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
A group of people with face masks on May 21, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, Since today, protection mask are mandatory in all Spain except in some cases. The government put this measure to protect the citizen against the Covid-19 virus. (Photo by Adria Salido Zarco/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MAY 20: Residents swim, paddle board and kayak in Barton Creek on May 20, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that bars, wine tasting rooms, bowling alleys, skating rinks, bingo halls, aquariums, and equestrian events will be allowed to open on Friday, May 22nd despite a surge in confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan Health personnel in protective gear collects nasal swab sample from a worker near the Manning Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A worker wearing a protective suit and mask, disinfects a tramway at the Solea transport depot in Mulhouse, eastern France, on May 20, 2020, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - MAY 20: Municipal workers disinfect at Pedro Carbo street on May 20, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After 63 days of strict lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19, Guayaquil starts a new phase easing measures in some activities and industries. The capital city of Guayas province is one of the most affected territories in Latin America. (Photo by Eduardo Maquilon/Getty Images/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 20: A couple wearing a face mask and they entertain themselves with their smartphone during the night at Park Guell by architect Antoni Gaudi as it opens it's doors to neighborhood residents for the first day since March 13 on May 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Some parts of Spain have entered the so-called "Phase One" or "Phase Two" transitions from its coronavirus lockdown, allowing many shops to reopen as well as restaurants who serve customers outdoors. Locations that were harder hit by coronavirus (Covid-19), such as Madrid and Barcelona, remain in a stricter quarantine. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
A child wearing a face mask amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus commutes on a train in Tokyo on May 19, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
A worker sprays disinfectant in a classroom at a high school in Seoul on May 19, 2020. - South Korea has been held up as a global model in how to curb the coronavirus, but a spike of new cases, driven by a nightclub cluster in Seoul's Itaewon district -- including several gay clubs -- forced authorities to delay last week's planned re-opening of schools for a week. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
HANOI, VIETNAM - MAY 19: Motorbike riders with face masks are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though some restrictions remain in place, Vietnam has lifted the ban on certain entertainment facilities and non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and spas & other tourist attractions to recover domestic tourism. On April 23, the Ministry of Transport started to increase domestic flights and trains to major destinations with limited passenger capacity. As of May 19, Vietnam has confirmed 324 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ) with no deaths in the country, 263 fully recovered and no new case caused by community transmission for 33 days. (Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images)
A passenger carrying his belongings walks to board on a bus as Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) resumed bus services after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on May 19, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP) (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks walk past the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters building (R) and a cellphone tower (L, back), used for a 5G network, on a street in Beijing on May 19, 2020. - The annual meeting of the National Peoples Congress, Chinas rubber stamp legislature, opens on May 22, after a two month delay due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk in a train station in Tokyo on May 19, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
People pass by and notice cartoon dragon dolls the restaurant uses as space keepers in their booths for social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, May 18, 2020. Thai authorities allowed department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from May 17, selectively easing restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Father Jose Maria Galvan, wearing a sanitary mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 opens the door for the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020. Italy partially lifted sanitary restrictions Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 18, 2020: Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees carry out disinfection of Kiyevsky Railway Station amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS (Photo by Vyacheslav Prokofyev\TASS via Getty Images)
Commuters, some wearing protective masks to protect against coronavirus travel on a Jubilee Line underground train, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Faithful wearing gloves and face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, pray during the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020. Italy partially lifted sanitary restrictions Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A supporter of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro flies a Brazilian flag during a protest against the Supreme Court and Brazil's National Congress, and to back Bolsonaro's open-the-economy drive amid the pandemic, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters who gathered at the presidential residence to back his open-the-economy drive even as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the country. (AP Photo/Andre Borges)
A Christian wears a protective mask as she attends Mass while maintaining a social distance at the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Pakistani churches welcomed worshippers for Sunday Mass for the first time in nearly two months, as authorities eased restrictions imposed in March to limit the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Migrant workers from other states trying to return to their homes stand in queue as they wait for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad, India, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Tens of thousands of migrant laborers have been returning from big cities to their villages after losing jobs because of a countrywide lockdown imposed in late March to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
An Orthodox priest swings a chain censer in front of faithful during a Sunday mass taking place outside a church, in Athens, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Greek government allowed churches throughout the country to reopen their doors to faithful on Sunday, a decision that applies to regular services and ceremonies like baptisms and weddings. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 16: Views of New Yorkers as they make the come-back from the Covid-19 epidemic by heading to Coney Island Beach upon the arrival of the Memorial Day 2020 in Brooklyn, New York City on May 16, 2020. Credit: mpi43/MediaPunch /IPX
Footballs are disinfected during the Bundesliga soccer match between Duesseldorf and Paderborn in the Merkur Spiel-Arena, Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Sascha Schuermann/AFP pool via AP)
Police officers arrest a man during a demonstration against restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Patients sit on the ground as they wait in queue outside of a hospital for Covid-19 test in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday, May. 16, 2020. (Photo by Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HARRISBURG, PA - MAY 15: Demonstrators rally outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to protest the continued closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has introduced a color tiered strategy to reopen the state with most areas not easing restrictions until June 4. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16: People return to shop and dine along Ponsonby Road on May 16, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand has eased restrictions under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, which is being introduced in three stages. Restaurants, cinemas, retail, playgrounds and gyms have been allowed to open with physical distancing and strict hygiene measures in place from Thursday 14 May. Public gatherings are permitted for up to 10 people and New Zealanders are now able to travel domestically. Schools and early childhood centres will open from Monday 18 May while bars will be allowed to reopen from Thursday 21 May. New Zealand was placed under full lockdown on March 26 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 16, 2020: Flusher trucks disinfecting Novoarbatsky Bridge amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gavriil Grigorov/TASS (Photo by Gavriil Grigorov\TASS via Getty Images)
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 15: People enjoy the first largest live car concert featuring the band Mirai in Ostrava, Czech Republic on May 15, 2020. The band played their car concert in an industrial environment in the Lower Vitkovice area. The organizers stated that the total capacity of 500 cars was sold out. Viewers were not allowed to leave their vehicles due to government measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Only horns, turn signals and lights were allowed to support the band. (Photo by Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Patients lie down on the ground as they wait in queue outside of a hospital for Covid-19 test in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday, May. 16, 2020. (Photo by Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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CASCAIS, PORTUGAL - MAY 15: Hairdresser Maria Tomaz (Kina) and her client wear protective gear during a beauty session at Nuance Salon due to COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Cascais, Portugal. The government downgraded, as of midnight of May 02, the country's state of emergency to a state of calamity, permitting certain non-essential services and commercial activities to reassume as the epidemic appears to be under control. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - MAY 15, 2020: Taking a sample of a serviceman who has arrived from Italy for a COVID-19 coronavirus infection test at Chkalovsky Airport. An Ilyushin Il-76 plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces has brought back the last team of Russian military specialists who helped in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Italy. Specialists of the Russian Defense Ministry and Italian servicemen carried out disinfection of care homes and other facilities in Italy's Lombardy Region and Province of Brescia. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
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A man reacts while being tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus in a neighborhood in Wuhan, in Chinas central Hubei province on May 15, 2020. - Nervous residents of China's pandemic epicentre of Wuhan queued up across the city to be tested for the coronavirus on May 14 after a new cluster of cases sparked a mass screening campaign. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 15: A RakuRo autonomous self-driving robot developed by ZMP Inc. moves through the Chiba Zoological Park during a rehearsal for an online virtual tour event tomorrow, on May 15, 2020 in Chiba, Japan. Robot maker ZMP and Chiba Zoological Park, which temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will be holding an online event tomorrow where children quarantined at home can virtually tour the zoo through a remote controlled robot with a 360-degree camera. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
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With that in mind, and in an effort to keep our nails from becoming a hazard to ourselves, we called upon the experts to break down best practices for nail health and maintenance at home.
Sorry but ― it's time to go short.
New York-based dermatologist Jessica Krant offered a hard truth to the long nail lovers among us: Now might not be the time.
"The best and safest way to keep nails is short, smooth and clean," Krant said. "Normally this only really applies in health care work, but these days, with COVID-19 around, we should all ideally keep our nails as free from germs as possible." She said the best way to do that is to keep them trimmed short, with about 1-2 millimeters of white showing and shaped like the natural end of your nail bed. "It's also very important to smooth them gently with a file, so rough edges and corners are gone," she said. "This makes them the strongest and also easiest to clean, and to use with protective gloves."
But if you're going to stay long, buy a brush.
Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of Olive & June, a Los Angeles-based boutique nail salon that also offers a line of tools that make great manicures possible at home (their Poppy nail tool has a cult-like following), recommends changing out files every few months as well as washing metal tools thoroughly after each use.
"Germs can live underneath all nail lengths, but especially long nails," Tuttle told HuffPost. "The most effective defense is making sure you're washing and drying your hands consistently and properly. To make sure you're getting underneath the nail, you can also use a nail brush with antibacterial soap. But just make sure you're keeping that brush clean, as well."
Don't get too clipper-happy.
There's short, and then there's dangerously short, Krant explained.
"Do NOT cut all of the white part off," Krant said. "That risks injury to the seal against the nail bed and opens your finger up to infections getting inside."
Take your time soaking off gel.
Thick gel polishes can create crevices in your nails that host germs and bacteria, so it's time to get rid of them.
Losing access to our opposable thumbs while soaking gels off can be a challenge, but think of it this way ― there's no reason to rush to do anything, especially something like a manicure, right now.
"Proper removal of gels at home requires time," Tuttle said. "I recommend removal while you're FaceTiming a friend or watching TV, so you're not tempted to damage your nails by rushing. You'll need a file, acetone, tin foil and a hot towel as a bonus.
"First, file a bit to break the top coat seal. Then, place cotton balls soaked in acetone on your nails and wrap your fingertip in tin foil. Ideally, soak until the gels are lifting off entirely, which will take around 10-15 minutes. We like to wrap a hot towel around as well to expedite the soaking process. And the most important piece is having the patience to allow the gels to lift before removing the cotton. No harsh removal or picking, please!"
If you have acrylics, consider settling in for a movie.
"The removal process for acrylics is similar to gel, but much longer," Tuttle said. "You will first need to clip the edge of the acrylic nail down before you file to properly break the seal. Then follow the same steps for gel removal. You'll also need to let your nails soak for close to an hour until the acrylics are removing easily on their own."
In the event that you do get sick and need to seek medical care, it might be best to take your polish off completely.
Krant offered some insight about our nails that poses an entirely different problem.
"When you go to the hospital, the physicians there will need to place a pulse oximeter on your fingertip," Krant said. "This helps them easily check how well your lungs are able to bring oxygen to the rest of your body. With COVID-19, this is a critical measure to see how well you are doing, or whether you need more help. Though not all medical professionals agree, Krant said that nail polish alone prevents proper readings. Sometimes they can find some acetone in the hospital to remove your polish, but you can't rely on that. Artificial nails totally prevent the use of a finger pulse oximeter. They may have other simple methods to measure your oxygen levels at hand, or they may not."
Now that you have the best practices, there's no time like the present to try DIYing at home. Tuttle has been hosting manicure boot camps on the Olive & June Instagram page that cover a broad range of mani-curiosities, from general care to nail art.
Tuttle also shared her steps for a perfect at-home manicure:
Shape, Clip and File
It's all about the 90/10 rule: 90% of your shape comes from your nail clipper; 10% from filing. First, use flat edge clippers to cut your nail into your desired shape. Then, gently smooth out the edges. If you have polish on, all the better. Shaping with polish on helps you visualize the final shape without being distracted by the natural whites of the nails.
Dip each nail in a polish remover pot to remove old polish and excess oils that can interfere with your polish adhering to your nail bed. Pro tip: once you've prepped your nails, avoid touching your face and hair, which have natural oils.
Trim (hangnails only!) and buff cuticles
Using your buffer, gently glide the buffer cube back and forth along the edge of the cuticle to erase dry skin and smooth things out.
Paint, dry; paint, dry; apply top coat: dry, dry, dry. If you're just starting out, anchoring your non-dominant hand (or even the whole arm) on a flat work surface gives you a steady canvas.
To apply your first coat of polish, start with a center swipe of polish, then swipe on either side. You should be able to cover the average nail plate in 2-3 strokes. Repeat on each nail.
Waiting 5-10 minutes in between coats makes a world of difference. It will decrease the chance of bubbles and it dries faster! Then seal your nails with the top coat formulated with your polish to maximize shine and protect your polish.
Once your top coat has fully dried, apply cuticle serum to make your mani shine. Cuticle serum is a must-have, can't/won't/don't-leave-home-without-it product. You could have zero polish on and give your cuticles a dose of cuticle serum and it would add instant luster.
Pro tip: If you've gotten any nail polish on your cuticles or fingertips, dip a clean-up brush in your nail polish remover, then use it to remove any unwanted color or to clean up polish lines.