Do you remember your primary school days, when you were taught to cover your mouth with your hands while sneezing or coughing? Well recent studies have told us otherwise.
With new cases of the common cold seen this period, it is important to remember how to protect yourself from being infected. As we know, the common cold and the flu alike are easily contagious and are also airborne since the germs are spread through the respiratory droplets. Its spread can be limited both by the infected and non-infected person.
Recent studies have shown that when sneezing, it’s safer to sneeze into the elbow than into the hand if there is no tissue available. This is because if one sneezes into ones hands, these germs are likely to be passed on to other people or contaminate objects that people touch.
The U.S. Center for Disease control has made sneezing and coughing into ones arm the standard suggestion. But as you know, many people may not abide by this suggestion, hence in order to protect yourself, maintaining proper personal hygiene remains important.