Manners Matter…Even When You’re Sick
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- Do: step away from a crowd and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. Practice the “Dracula” technique by pretending you’re holding a cape to reduce the spread of a sneeze or cough.
- Don’t: cover your cough or sneeze with your hand. This inevitably spreads germs more when you use your hands to accomplish other tasks.
- Do: use tissues and antibacterial sprays or wipes often. This is especially important if you need to shake hands or hug someone.
- Don’t: let the infested items pile up on your work space or around the house. Pitch items into the trash as soon as they are used.
- Do: wash your hands twice as much as usual. This stops germs in their tracks and therefore prevents the spread of germs even better. For kids, have them sing the ABCs to assure they’ve washed thoroughly and long enough.
- Don’t: overdo it with scents, vapo-rubs or other odorous remedies. They may alleviate the discomfort, but if you are feeling like you can’t do without it, it’s probably best to not be that social in the first place.
- Do: get a flu shot. This beneficial vaccine helps counteract problems before they are apparent.
- Don’t: go out if you think it has the definite potential to get someone else sick at work or otherwise. You’re probably right and wouldn’t be so happy if the tables were turned.