Even a quick sneeze into the arm can send particles traveling 8 feet.
It happens to all of us — that unexpected sneeze that escapes before you have time to grab a tissue and cover your mouth. According to many studies, the spray from a sneeze can travel 11 feet! Even a quick sneeze into the arm can send particles traveling 8 feet. Think of how many surfaces you just covered with your germs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some good reminders about coughing and sneezing etiquette during the cold and flu season:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:
- Wash with soap and water, or
- If soap and water are unavailable, clean your hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
My husband shakes his head about all the tissue boxes around our house, but what he doesn’t understand is I’m keeping him healthy.
Cheers to a sneeze-free day and if not, grab that tissue.