The Northwestern Health Unit promotes good cough etiquette by providing resources and education to the general public and organizations.
Practicing good cough etiquette is very important because coughing or sneezing introduces germs (microorganisms) into the air for others to be exposed to. A cough or sneeze can travel anywhere from 3-10 feet and can remain suspended in the air for a period of time. To prevent air borne microorganisms, one must cough or sneeze into a tissue or if one is not available, into their sleeve. The microorganisms will be trapped in the fibers of the tissue or your sleeve and not into the air. Remember to always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing to prevent germs from spreading to others.