January 17, 2013

CDC Recommendation on Hygienic Coughing to Curtail Infection Spread

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services which works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decision. It promotes health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.

The CDC came up with recommendations on ways to cough hygienically which would "...greatly reduce the spread of germs and help stop the spread of infectious disease" while coughing in public places.

In a few words, the agency advocates the use of your cloth's long sleeve to help curtail the spread of infection(s) over and above the use of bare hands (Ughh, it could be terrible to see people cough or sneeze into their hand) and use of tissues.

The use of hands while sneezing or coughing, if those hands are not washed or hand sanitizers applied immediately, greatly contributes to infection of door knobs, elevators, food and several personals and other equipments shared with others like computers, etc.

The official video on this CDC recommendation by The Sleeve Coughing Group of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Health Communications Class 2008) is embedded below. Happy viewing!

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