2nd & 3rd Principle

Girl coughing into elbow

The 2nd and 3rd Principle of Hand Awareness:

Flu virus is spread through the coughs and sneezes of those infected with flu. Encourage those who are sick to cover their coughs and sneezes.  Use a tissue if you have one.  If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Throw out used tissues in the trash as soon as you can and wash your hands after discarding used tissues.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
  • If you cough or sneeze into your hand, wash your hands.

If you are not near soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, rubbing hands until dry.


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