We have been heeding the advice for weeks.

Wash your hands, especially before you eat and for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer. Better yet, use gloves and masks. Don’t touch your face. Stay six feet apart from others when you go out.

However, once the coronavirus pandemic is over, will you continue these recommendations or will you fall back into your old habits?

Jen Daniele describes herself as a germophobe, but that was even before the virus took hold. She doesn’t see her hygiene habits changing much from what she has already been doing for years.

“I’m just a lot more paranoid about it now,” said the Poughkeepsie resident. “I've always been vigilant about not touching my face and not eating with my hands outside of my home. I've always been mindful of washing my hands after touching any packages. Raw hands are my natural state of being.”

She says the biggest change is that she probably won’t get too close to people for a long time.

“I used to be too polite to take a step back from a close-talker,” she said.

Since Rosemarie Noto works in the healthcare industry, she says she washes her hands a little bit more than most during the day now, wears gloves and changes them often. Noto now sees this as a long-time habit she’ll keep.

“This is going to not die off anytime in the near future,” said the Poughkeepsie resident.

Denise McGovern, a nurse practitionier with Nuvance Health, says people will be thinking twice about shaking hands or going in for a hug. "I do think people are going to be washing their hands more and practicing social distancing. There is also going to be a cultural shift in how we perceive ourselves being sick."

McGovern says she believes more people will not go to work, shop or visit with loved ones and friends when they feel ill. "My patients, and the people I've been seeing, have been really responsible about protecting others and I hope that continues."

Gregg Bray explains that he’s washing his hands far more often than he did before, too, sanitizing his hands and using a mask when he goes out in public. He’s even gone as far as wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants over his clothes when he goes out, which he strips out of and leaves on his porch in a bin when he returns, then immediately showers.

“This (the coronavirus pandemic) has completely changed my routine,” said Bray, a Port Ewen resident.

When the restrictions are eased, Bray said he’s still placing a moratorium on hugging and shaking hands.

“At least until we're given the all clear by the WHO and CDC,” he says. “I haven't hugged or shaken hands in quite some time, outside of my children who live in my home with me. I have no idea what will happen outside of that. I think I'm going to be pretty careful, as I am severely asthmatic and my son also has asthma.”

The handshake may be one of the first casualties in a post-coronavirus world.

Infectious disease doctors nationwide have discussed ending the typical social greeting, Dr. Paul Pottinger, an infectious disease professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, told USA Today.

“As an infectious disease doctor, I think I speak on behalf of almost all of my colleagues — if not all of them — when we say, 'Yes, we’ve been worried about handshaking forever,'” Pottinger said. “This is clearly a great way for people to spread germs, including dangerous germs, from person to person. That’s always been true.”

Emily Rizzo misses hugs the most. “But I will probably smile big and do an over exaggerated wave to express how happy I am to see them — six feet apart, of course,” says Rizzo, who added that after the restrictions are eased, she’ll still be singing. “I’m sure even way after this pandemic, I’ll be singing the ABCs while washing my hands, for the rest of my life.”

Leah Byrons doesn’t see much changing with her hygiene habits. The Washingtonville mom has been teaching her three sons — ages 13, 11 and 8 — the importance of washing hands since they were little.

“They know they need to wash their hands as soon as they come in the house after being out — from school, a store, playground, any public place — and before they eat,” she said. “I've stressed that it helps them, and the whole family, stay healthy.”