Sneeze into your arm

Help those around you stay healthy.

Man sneezing into arm

This first appeared in 9 Healthy Habits You Can Do in 1 Minute (Or Less) from LiveScience on July 5, 2013.

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When you don’t have a tissue handy to cover your mouth and nose, your best bet is to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or upper arm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The point is to avoid using your hands, which may not be that clean, and can also easily spread germs around. Covering up also prevents germ-laden droplets from getting launched into the air, where they can land on frequently touched surfaces and infect others.

This simple technique is not only good advice for adults and kids to remember during cold and flu season, but it’s also a smart health move any time — when allergies strike, or a bug is going around.

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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