Study – Few People Properly Cover Coughs And Sneezes Study – Few People Properly Cover Coughs And Sneezes |

Study – Few People Properly Cover Coughs And Sneezes

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When attempting to stifle a cough or sneeze, most people use their hands, an unsanitary practice that contributes to the spread of germs, according to a new swine flu study.

For the study, medical students secretly observed hundreds of people cough or sneeze in three different environments – at the hospital, shopping mall and train station. The study was conducted over a two week period in New Zealand last August.

The results show, every four people tried to cover their cough or sneeze by using their hands, rather than a tissue or sneezing into their elbow as recommended by health officials.

“When coughing into your hands, you cover your hand in the virus,” said Nick Wilson, study author and associate professor at Otago University. “Then, you touch furniture, doorknobs and other things. And other people touch those same things and the virus spreads,” he explained.

The study was presented this week at an ICEID infectious diseases conference in Atlanta.

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