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.