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How should I teach my child to cover a sneeze?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Bet you didn't know that the contents of a sneeze travel at roughly ninety-five miles per hour. That's what we call high-speed snot. While most people use their hands to cover the contents, that doesn't help a whole lot in decreasing germ transmission if said sneezer goes on to touch Bubby's chubby cheeks a few minutes later. Please, for all of our sakes, teach your child to use the crook of his elbow to cover his nose and mouth when he coughs or sneezes. Instruct him to throw out tissues -- and immediately wash his hands! -- rather than stuffing them in a pocket to be reused later, because germs will stay on tissues for two to six hours. In this case, we'd prefer that your youngster not save a tree in order to stop germs from spreading.
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