3. Cover Your Mouth….and Not with Your Hands
Coughing and sneezing are surefire ways to spread viruses, so one of the most important things to remember is to never cough or sneeze into your hands; this is one of the easiest ways to spread disease because it can transfer germs to other objects or to yourself by touching your face. Coughing into a tissue or sneezing into your elbow (upper sleeve) are good alternatives. In the end, coughing or sneezing into your hand is one of the worst ways to spread the flu, besides, of course, doing it in someone’s face.
By washing your hands, eating right, and knowing the appropriate manner by which to cough and sneeze are great ways to prevent contracting and spreading the flu. About 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for influenza, so practicing preventive measures has never been more important. By following these 3 steps, you can surely prevent the flu and keep the sniffling, sneezing and coughing away.
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