In times of covid-19, witnessing someone coughing or sneezing in public can make even the most relaxed person lose their composure. And it may not have anything to do with this disease, but rather caused by the common cold, which we also have to protect ourselves from.
According to information on the Cleveland Clinic website, when you cough without covering your mouth, you can send particles up to 2 meters away, which could cause someone else to become infected. But, if you use your hands, you can transfer germs from one surface to another.
It is important that, during these times when wearing a mask is essential, you sneeze with the mask on. If you do not have it or you have taken it off for some reason, the following etiquette will help you in these inevitable situations:
- Turning and covering yourself with the inside of your elbow is a good practice. If you are not able to do this in time, the sleeve of your shirt works.
- Keep a disposable tissue on hand and throw it away immediately after using it.
- If you have an unexpected coughing fit and used your hands, it is best to avoid touching your eyes with them.
- If you have a respiratory infection, avoid shaking hands or hugging.
These practices of self-care that address etiquette for coughing and sneezing are also a sign of respect for others.