Cough and Sneeze Etiquette message: It surprises me when I see how many adults do not understand cough etiquette. They cough or sneeze into their hands (increasing the risk of transmitting germs by shaking hands and touching surfaces). I see three year olds who were taught to cough into a tissue or the crook of their arms if a tissue is not available (the correct way) and yet some adults still don’t get it.
Case in point: I was on a vacation tour bus last month and the woman behind me was continuously coughing at my head and not covering her mouth. I kept turning around and giving her the ‘eye’ (with a touch or empathy because she obviously felt lousy) and she still didn't get it. I dramatically wrapped my scarf around my nose and mouth AND gave her the eye (with less empathy) and she still didn’t get it. I squeezed my eyes shut willed her to leave the bus. She didn't. (I have to work on my telepathy skills!) I knew I was going to get sick and I did. I wonder how many other people on that bus and in her ‘airspace’ caught her germs.
I didn’t say anything to the cougher and I should have. It’s awkward, I know, but next time I will speak up, politely- not only for myself, but in public health service. #communityhealth#coughettiquette