There is no official set of hygiene rules to follow, but the American Journal of Public Hygiene reports that the rules people are told to follow can be condensed into one, “do not swallow, inhale, or touch the discharge of others.” One of the ways that infectious diseases are transmitted from one person to another is by droplets that are expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Here are some basic rules to prevent coming in contact with and spreading your own fluids.
- Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you sneeze. Turn away from people when you sneeze or cough.
- Put your tissue in a wastebasket immediately after use. Do not store it in your pocket or purse, this spreads the germs. Most importantly, don’t throw it on the ground.
- If you do not have a tissue, it is best to sneeze in your upper sleeve, anything other than your hands or the open air.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing or anything that has to do with bodily fluids. Soap and water is the best way to prevent spreading germs. If soap and water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands.
- Don’t spit on the ground or out of a car window. Instead, use tissue or go to the restroom.
Tina Hayes. 2013. Proper Hygiene in Public Places – Cuisine Noir Magazine. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/etiquette/proper-hygiene-in-public-places. [Accessed 20 September 2016].