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Cover Your Mouth, Please

Like many who work in the Washington D.C. area and in other major cities around the country, I find commuting to be a bit challenging at times. In recent weeks I’ve contended with everything from missed trains, to delays on the Metro, to sitting next to someone who is coughing without covering their mouth. My commutes seem to be getting louder, in fact, more from the coughing than from talking. While I empathize with those battling a miserable cold, I thought I’d do my part in sharing tips to help us stay healthy this winter!

Think like a vampire: Bring your elbow up to your mouth. Cough into your elbow. Please.


In addition, you can follow these simple steps to help prevent the spread of the flu, including getting a flu shot. They include:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Don’t do the following…


• Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer.


• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


• Stay home if you’re sick.


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