A fallacy: Holding your hand in front of your mouth when you cough and sneeze protects those around you

A fallacy: Holding your hand in front of your mouth when you cough and sneeze protects those around you

People may generally view this practice as polite, but it is absolutely unhygienic, as the germs on your hands can then be transferred to other objects.
It is much safer to cough or sneeze into a paper tissue and then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, please hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.

#GETTinformed: When you sneeze, droplets from your nose are catapulted into the air at speeds of up to 150 km/h and these germs then travel up to 5 meters – past your “protecting hands!”


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