The Right Way To Cover A Cough And A Sneeze!


It is raining, damp and moldy...the flu season has set-in.  The virus travels with ease looking for victims with compromised immunity.  People dread to sit next to a sniffling colleagues, co-passengers...they dread the sneeze fearing that they might contract SARS, H1N1(Swine Flu) etc.

In India it is not uncommon to see many sneeze freely, some of them seem to derive orgasmic pleasure in the act unmindful and unapologetic to the people around them.  I came across one such passenger during my recent journey from Goa to Pune…and this prompted me to write this piece.  

Cupping your hand over your nose and mouth is the most common method followed by us and  it is not the right way to sneeze or cough since the next moment you are most likely to touch the telephone, the door knob, your computer keyboard or even greet a friend with a handshake causing the virus to go viral. To help stop the spread of germs, these are some recommended measures
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (handkerchief is not a good idea) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • 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.

If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands which I should say is the best of the option that all of us can adopt.

Watch both the videos below and please share this little education among your friends, colleagues, your children, their friends and if possible in their schools.

Elmo & Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze!