Have you been sneezing wrong? Experts reveal the mistakes you’re making that are spreading disease
- Sneezing or coughing ‘incorrectly’ could lead to disease, experts say
- Being mindful of certain habits could spare one from diseases and viruses
- This includes touching one’s face, not washing hands and not getting vaccinated
Being mindful of certain habits such as keeping work areas clean or even sneezing and coughing correctly could spare people from diseases.
It is especially important to keep these things in mind, given that the winter season increases the chance of catching colds or airborne viruses.
Disease expert and Director of New South Wales Health’s Communicable Disease Dr Vicky Sheppeard identifies just some of the habits that could increase the risk of catching a disease, Yahoo 7 News reports.
Sneezing or coughing ‘incorrectly’ could lead to disease if one uses their hands to cover their mouth, experts say (stock image)
For instance, experts discourage using one’s hands to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough.
Although this is a common response, using one’s hands to cover a sneeze can increase chances of spreading viruses and diseases.
New South Wales Health recommends using tissue for sneezes and coughs – and to dispose them immediately after use and to wash one’s hands.
Dr Sheppeard also says that one must constantly wash their hands, especially after pressing lift buttons, going to the bathroom, or going on public transport.
‘We usually say ‘sing Happy Birthday’ as the length of time to thoroughly clean them,’ Dr Sheppeard advised.
Other seemingly obvious mistakes are also the same ones people tend to make, such as failing to get vaccinations, constantly touching one’s face or worse – going to work or school even though you know you’re sick.
New South Wales Health recommends using tissue for sneezes and coughs – and to dispose them immediately after use and to wash one’s hands (stock image)