Sneeze Like a Lady

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Welcome to the getPHYT Finishing School for Young Ladies and Gentlemen. Today’s lesson will be hygiene etiquette. Like saying “please” and “thank you,” hygiene etiquette is easy and it truly makes the world a better place. Upon completing this lesson, you will know how to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

You should always practice good hygiene etiquette, but it is especially important when you are sick. The CDC explains that “serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)” are spread by coughing, sneezing, and unclean hands.

I am confident that if you follow these 4 steps from the CDC, you will be on your way to becoming a proper and healthy lady or gentleman.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. And make sure to wash them for at least 20 seconds (or the duration of the “Happy Birthday” song sang twice).

Remember, practice makes perfect.


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