Practice Good Sneeze Etiquette

Mind These Common Courtesy Tips During Cold and Allergy Season

If you remain home alone while sick or suffering from allergies, you’ll reduce the risk of spreading germs to others through your coughs and sneezes. But that’s not always practical. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined a few tips for containing germs while you nurse the sniffles:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Don’t have a tissue? Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • You may be asked to put on a facemask to protect others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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1 "Cover Your Cough: Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,