Though you can’t see them, germs from your sneeze spread farther than you think. Learn how to properly cover your sneeze and prevent the spread of illnesses.
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Why Do I Need to Cover My Sneeze?
According to a study, germs from your sneeze can travel up to 200 times farther than the water particles released in your sneeze. These germs can form an invisible cloud that can drift across a large room and beyond.
The germs from your sneeze also can live for weeks on surfaces, so the effects of a sneeze are long lasting.
By covering your nose or mouth the right way, you can significantly reduce the spread of germs. Your friends and co-workers will thank you, since correctly covering a sneeze lessens the possibility they will catch a cold or virus.
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How to Properly Cover a Sneeze or Cough
When you feel a sneeze or cough developing, the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to grab a tissue and be sure to:
- Sneeze or cough into the tissue
- Dispose of the tissue
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water
If you cannot quickly find a tissue or other disposable towel to sneeze or cough into, the next best course of action is to sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Bend your arm, and make sure you sneeze into, not over, your elbow.
In the event you sneeze or cough into your hands, don’t panic. Find the nearest sink and wash your hands as soon as possible. On your way to the sink, try to touch as few surfaces as possible to reduce the spread of germs.
The best way to prevent the spread of germs when you are sick, however, is to stay at home so you do not infect others.
So, the next time you have a cold or feel a sneeze coming on, make sure you have tissues handy to stop the spray of germs and keep others healthy.
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