What is the best hygiene practice when you sneeze or cough?

Cough and sneeze etiquette refers to simple hygiene practices everybody can take to prevent passing on respiratory infections like cold and flu to other people.

It is especially important that people who are sick with cold or flu practice good cough and sneeze etiquette. However, infections like cold and flu can be transmitted even before symptoms like sore throat and cough let you know you’re sick. So even when you’re perfectly healthy, it’s important to practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth or nose if possible. If a cough or sneeze sneaks up on you and no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve. This prevents your hands becoming contaminated with cold or flu viruses.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15–20 seconds every time you cough or sneeze.

Wash your hands every time you touch a contaminated object like a tissue.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitising products containing ? 60% alcohol. These products are also effective in removing cold and flu germs from contaminated hands.


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