Updated: Apr 25, 2020
Video produced by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Chapter at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:
1. Coughing or sneezing
2. Unclean hands
3. Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
4. Touching objects after contaminating your hands
5. To help stop the spread of germs: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in a waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands."