Apr 08, 2020

Use your elbow to help & avoid the spread of cold & flu

Since we were kids we were told to cover our mouth properly when we feel like sneezing or coughing. Aren’t we? Reason being simple, covering our mouth with hands while coughing and sneezing can prevent the spread of infectious germs and viruses.

But little did we know that our hands are far from being the best catcher of germs when we sneeze or cough. If our hands were some big league catchers, they would be dropping the ball on every sneeze.

Now this looks pretty surprising, isn’t it?

Various America’s healthcare specialists have reached to a debatable yet clear consensus that our elbow is the best germ catcher while sneezing or coughing.

What? Our elbow?

Yeah, who knew that your elbow has super powers to stop flu!

Various prestigious bodies like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association, all recommends the usage of elbow while coughing or sneezing.

I know, looks like breaking a long-held habit!

Too many of us do not bend our elbow to our mouth and nose when we feel like coughing or sneezing. But by not doing so, we are allowing the germs to spread easily and quickly in the environment that can make people around us infected. After getting a new body, these viruses then gets a chance to multiply rapidly. When you cough or sneeze into your hands that make microorganisms an instant ready transmitter of cold and flu viruses. Most commonly germs get spread by our respiratory droplets emitted during our sneezing and coughing. When we cough into our hands, we give the opportunity for those germs to pass on to other people and everything we touch after that including door knobs, elevator buttons, bio metrics and shopping carts until or unless we either wash our hands with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Dr. Vincent Hill, chief of the waterborne disease prevention branch of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States said in an interview that “If somebody sneezes into their hands, that creates the opportunity for those germs to be passed on to other people, or to contaminate other objects that people touch”.

In general one should always use a tissue or a handkerchief while sneezing or coughing. However, if no tissue is available then it is best to use your elbow to catch germs, not your hands.

It will definitely take time to break the old school hand-mouth sneezing regime but it is definitely worth it.

Below I have mentioned two proper ways to cover a sneeze or cough correctly.

  • Cough in your elbow.

We should avoid using our hands while sneezing or coughing. Instead of
making the hands infected we should practice the habit of using our bent elbow while coughing or before sneezing.

  • Use a tissue.

Coughing into a tissue has always been a best option for all of us. But most of us do not follow this rule even when we keep one in our pocket.

With that being said, I hope you will find this post to be meaningful. For more such eye opener fun facts and informative posts make sure you visit our blog section at www.thesacredbath.ayursolace.com, till then like I always say, STAY HEALTHY. STAY HAPPY.