Why Coughing Into Your Elbow Is Wrong

flu-1679104_640THE CDC apparently does poor research! Learn how coughing into your elbow spreads disease! Doubt this?  Just watch someone next to you do this, especially if they have bare arms!  Most of the cough will end up in the air or on you!

Bill Allin: Turning It Around

Why Coughing Into Your Elbow Is Wrong

You likely grew up, as I did, being told to cover your mouth and nose with your hand when you cough or sneeze. That has changed. We are now told to cough or sneeze into the elbow of a sleeve. One commercial currently on television shows a woman carrying a laundry basket and coughing into her shoulder. All in the aid of avoiding the spread of “germs.” Here’s the problem. Rather, a combination of them. Let’s begin with the objective, confining germs that would normally be spread into the air by coughing or sneezing. When you cover your mouth and nose with your hand, you prevent most of what comes out of them from reaching anyone else. Witness the fact that sometimes your hand got a bit wet. (I know, the subject is unpleasant, but the title should have warned you.) When you…

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