As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, many people are taking additional precautions to stay safe. While handwashing is essential, could other germs be lurking under your rings or watches?

According to the 2018 study by Georgia State University, “Impact of finger rings on the presence of bacteria on healthcare providers,” researchers found that protected areas where rings are commonly worn can allow for hidden bacteria to flourish.

While ABC Medical Unit confirmed that removing your rings may lead to better hand hygiene, there also aren’t any clear studies proving that it will protect you from viruses such as COVID-19.