Cover Coughs and Sneezes

Cover Coughs and Sneezes the Proper Way!

Did you know that germs can live for 2 hours or longer on many surfaces? When you cough or sneeze, droplets get released into the air. These droplets contain germs, including those germs that can make others sick.

If you use your hands to cover your coughs and sneezes, you can spread germs to everything you touch, such as door knobs, keyboards, elevator buttons, telephones, and even food. Covering coughs and sneezes the right way can protect others from getting sick.

Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.


Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve,

NOT your hands.


boy sneezing into tissue

Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you
cough or sneeze.

Discard tissues in trash.

More Ways to Fight the Spread of Germs

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Stop Spreading Germs


a sneeze pictureDon't spread germs and make others sick.


Dont caugh or sneeze into your handsDon't cough or sneeze into your hands.


Dont touch your eyes,nose and mouthDon't touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

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