About time

People are going insane about the swine flu again, and maybe they’re right, I don’t know. BC sent out some tips on how to avoid to it. I figure that if I caught it, at least I’d miss some work, but I read the list anyway. One thing I’m happy about:

Cover coughs and sneezes:
Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Throw your used tissues away immediately and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way. (emphasis mine)

I see about one elbow sneeze per one hundred public sneezes. Why is this not the mainstream sneeze rule? Why aren’t babies being taught this? Are their baby arms too short for the elbow sneeze? Regardless, sneezing into one’s uncovered hand is gross. And wrong. Thanks for the swine flu, hand sneezers.


5 Responses to “About time”

  1. York Roberts Says:

    I started practicing the elbow sneeze about 10 years ago…The only time I do the hand sneeze is if I am wearing a long sleeve shirt and know it is going to be particularly wet….in which case I do a hand sneeze en route to the nearest sink (for hand washing/surrogate tissue gathering…)

  2. matt Says:

    even if you are thinking about the hand-sneeze couldn’t you at least just flip your wrist over and do the back of the wrist sneeze (one stop away from the lauded elbow sneeze).

  3. indeedindeed Says:

    if you’re in the bathroom or somehow in close range of a handwashing station, go ahead and do a one hand sneeze and then get your wash on. i can agree with that.

  4. zachary Says:

    ill pull the dobrick and go subshirt from time to time.

  5. indeedindeed Says:


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