Coughing, Sneezing and Blowing your Nose: Stay healthy
What are germs?
Germs are things like viruses and bacteria. Some germs can make you sick. They can cause colds, flu and stomachaches.
Coughing and sneezing spreads germs.
When you cough or sneeze, tiny drops of moisture (mucus, snot or spit) fly though the air. Those drops have germs. The drops might land on something that another person touches. Or another person might breathe in the drops. If the drops have cold or flu germs, then that person could get sick too.
You Can Stop Germs!
Cover your cough or sneeze.
*Cough or sneeze into a tissue. Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
*If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow like this.
Blow your nose!
*If your nose is running, don’t wipe it on your hands or sleeves. This could spread germs.
Use a tissue.
*Blow, toss the tissue in the trash and then wash your hands to get rid of the germs.
Wash your hands too!
*Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Scrub them all over (fingernails, between fingers and backs of hands too). Scrub for 20 seconds or as long as it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
*Wash your hands:
*After you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.
*Before you eat or fix food.
*After you use the bathroom.
*Before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
It’s no fun being sick. But there are ways to protect yourself and your family and friends. Washing your hands, blowing your nose and covering your cough and sneezes will help stop germs from spreading. Look inside for more details.
Disclaimer: Bergen/Hudson Chronic Disease Coalition published this pamphlet. Please call the number above to ask for more information.
I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston.
I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan.
I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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