Cough/sneeze into your elbow or sleeve?
Wasn't it cough into your hands?
Did you know germs stay alive on hands for up to three hours? And that 80 percent of infections are spread by hand?
Given that a young child can touch over 300 surfaces in 1/2 hour and they don't like to wash their hands, the worst place for them to cough and sneeze is their hands. That is a guarantee that the germs will be spread faster than light and soon get everyone around the child sick.
How many things that you touch do you think they will touch before they go and wash their hands?
Next time you see a young child cough and sneeze into their hands, watch where the hands go next. It is an eye opening experience.
But, when a kid needs to cough and sneeze, what are their options?
The air? Infects everything in their path at 90+ miles an hour within up to a 5 ft radius!
A tissue? Great for blowing and wiping noses but most children aren't near a tissue when a sudden cough or sneeze comes on. Also requires them to stop what they are doing and find a tissue!
A mask?It may work in Japan but is it really practical?
Doctors recommend teaching children to cough/sneeze into their elbow or sleeve.
Unlike the tissue, the elbow is always there.
Unlike like their hand, the elbow doesn't touch everything.
Try touching a surface with your elbow - it is hard to do!
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Give kids a fun PLACE to give their germs to - instead of everywhere else!