October 5, 2009

Monday Manners 10/05/09

"Coughs and sneezes spread diseases."
--British wartime slogan (1942)

It's cold and flu season again. We've already had our first cold, complete with coughing and sneezing. I feel like I'm constantly telling the kids to cover their mouths and noses. It's not just for manners; good hygiene keeps us all healthy. Here is the etiquette you need to know.

From the CDC:
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
-If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
-Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
-Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
-Wash with soap and water or
-Clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Don't forget to say a secular "Gesundheit" when someone around you sneezes.

For laughs, check out Why Don't We Do It In Our Sleeves. I had flashbacks to my old high school health classes. And if you haven't seen it yet, here's the reporter getting schooled by the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary during a press conference.


  1. the local pre K /head start programs draw a smiley face in the elbow the first week of school, so kids know where to aim.

    As a special needs bus driver, I keep foaming alcohol sanitizer on the bus, and every morning we play "Happy Hands"...everyone gets a squirt, and we thoroughly wipe all sides of every finger and up to the wrist. After they get off the bus, I wipe down the rails and seatbelts.

    Still the parents send them to school sick. (sigh)

  2. It's terrible, but I wonder how much choice they have? When I was working, I always worried that Robotson would get sick and I'd have to take time off. We were lucky that he was and is a very healthy kid. But the policies regarding time off were terrible and I could have easily been fired if he'd caught all the little bugs.