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Can you please cover your mouth and nose?

on December 29, 2014

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Can You Please Cover Your Mouth and Nose?

It is that time of the year when most people easily catch colds and the flu. There are millions of people riding the trains, buses and traveling on the airplanes every day. We are aware the nasty germs and viruses linger everywhere. When a person coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth then the next person may get sick from breathing in the same air the person spread his/her germs. How can people protect themselves from not getting the cold or the flu?

How many times have you sat next to a person and suddenly that person sneezed or coughed without covering their mouth or nose? Did you accept it?  Did you ask the person to cover his/her mouth and nose? It is not rude to make that request. Chances are the person’s germs and virus was able to travel in you. If your immune system was not strong enough to fight the germs and virus then you may get sick. Who wants to be sick?

The best way to prevent from catching a cold or the flu is to avoid sitting near someone who is sick. If you have no choice but to sit next to a person who is coughing or sneezing behind or in front of you then wear a mask. Try not to touch anything and if you do, sanitize your hands. During the holiday season you are going to visit family or attend parties, avoid the hugs, kisses, and handshakes. A hello is fine. Your family and friends, who know you well, will understand. The most important thing to do from getting sick is to take care of yourself mentally and physically. When you are stress free your immune system is stronger. When you are eating healthy foods that will build your immune system, it will be hard for you to get sick. The next time you are on the bus, train, or airplane and someone is coughing without covering his/her mouth, you ask politely “Can you please cover your mouth and nose?”

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