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Tag: sneezing etiquette
It may seem like old news, but let's begin by asking one question. How did your mother teach you to sneeze? Cup your hand over your mouth and nose (with a tissue, if possible) and sneeze into it. As any three year old might ask... why? I'm sure she said it's because you want to keep your germs to yourself and not make someone else sick by spreading germs around the house or in public. It's because something may come spraying out of your nose also. Sneezes are unpredictable in these ways, and a cupped hand is really the best way to contain them in a pinch. "Eww!", you might say. All that in my hand? But hands are very durable things, and the dirty little secret is, you can wash them. This technique has lasted for centuries, passed down by oral tradition one undiseased generation to the next.
The Anatomy of a Sneeze is some 40,000 droplets of germ-laden spittle and mucous travelling at 100 mph a distance of some 32 ft., sometimes repetatively. (Ooooo, how scarey!) Containing this little sickness-bomb is exactly why a proper technique must be used to protect the health of others. But manner and etiquette has always been handled by parents to children. Then, suddenly, upon the election of Barak Hussein Obama, and the appointment of uber-Progressive Kathleen Sebelius, all of this changed as if it had always been this way. Between charts in school and public service announcements (propaganda) by no less than Elmo of Sesame Street, the public was instructed to sneeze into the crook of their arms, essentially on their sleeves. Didn't our mothers teach us NOT to wipe our noses on our sleeves?
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