How to Sneeze Properly

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Many germs are spread through the air when a classmate or co-worker sneezes, and sneezing on someone is perhaps one of the easiest ways to give them your cold. Minimizing the spread of germs when you sneeze will go a long way in preventing the spread of germs.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Facial Tissues

Step 1:
Be prepared. If you have a cold, make sure you have lots of tissues.

Step 2:
Turn away from other people when you feel a sneeze coming on.

Step 3:
Use sturdy, fresh tissues to avoid getting the mucus on your hands.

Step 4:
If there are no tissues available, sneeze into your arm or elbow rather than your bare hands. This will help prevent the spread of germs.

Step 5:
When you start to sneeze, don't hold it back. Let the air explode out into a tissue. Trying to suppress a powerful sneeze can cause your inner ears to pop or can spray bacteria into your sinuses and ears.

Step 6:
Wash your hands after wiping or blowing your nose.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If possible, avoid crowds and close contact with other people when you have a cold.

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