Image of the Week: Sneezing
Aaatchhhooo! And yuck!
If the old public information film “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases” hasn’t convinced you to cover your mouth when you sneeze, perhaps this dramatic image will.
This photograph gives a vivid depiction of the reality of sneezing – and it’s not a pretty sight!
Each sneeze creates around 40,000 tiny droplets that may contain viruses or bacteria, which can lead to airborne transmission of illnesses if people come into contact with them.
Even if they cover their mouth with their hands, germs can be spread when people touch surfaces – the handrail on the bus for example – so it’s not a bad idea to wash your hands with soap and water to reduce your chances of catching the flu.
If you’ve found yourself coughing and sneezing lately, you’re probably not alone, but please – keep it to yourself, and cover your mouth!
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