Germs are everywhere we go, particularly during cold and flu season.
A survey commissioned by Robitussin found striking conclusions regarding the behavior people are inclined to take when sick.
Here’s a Cough and Cold Etiquette Quiz for your seasonal flu manners.
True or False:
1. According to a recent survey commissioned by Robitussin, 73% of Americans don’t view a cough as an indicator of sickness.
True: While most people discount a cough as allergies, it’s often an indicator you need to be treated or do something proactive to feel better. Take vitamins, get plenty of rest and minimize any physical interaction with others.
2. It’s impolite to avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses during cold and flu season.
True: In general, avoiding contact would be seen as antisocial. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms or have a weak immune system, it’s prudent and appropriate to avoid physical contact. Simply let the other person know you’re making every effort to stay well during the season.
3. Using a tissue is always the best option to shield a cough or sneeze.
False: The protocol for coughing or sneezing is to cover your mouth, but a tissue has to be used carefully. Cough or sneeze into your arm or shoulder. A tissue should be used in the left hand and disposed of immediately after use.
4. Only 50% of Americans wash their hands after a cough or sneeze.
False: Only 36% of Americans say they always wash their hands after coughing or sneezing. As a safeguard, always sanitize your hands avoid potentially getting someone else.
5. People tend to go to work sick because they feel guilty or pressured by their boss.
True: 65% of employees still go to work with active symptoms and run the risk of infecting others. It’s best to stay home and if possible, work remotely.
6. It would be rude to publicly disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer after making contact with another person, such as a handshake or hug.
True: It would be best to excuse yourself to a private location before sanitizing.
7. You should always tell someone to cover their mouth when they cough.
False: Unless you’re with close family or friends, it’s not polite to correct another person. You can remove yourself from the situation or offer a tissue as a sign that you’re aware of their hacking cough or sniffles.
8. If you RSVP’d to a party but find yourself under the weather, you should still go to make a quick appearance.
False: Let the host know you’re sick and don’t want to infect fellow guests. They will appreciate your honest consideration.
9. It’s appropriate to ask for help from your friends and family when you’re feeling sick.
True: It’s perfectly okay to allow others to help when you’re not feeling well. Of course, you should reciprocate when the time is right.
10. If you’re the babysitter and a child is sick, is it okay to back out from your commitment?
True: If you know in advance, it’s best to ask if they can find another sitter. Let them know you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy.
Watch my recent segment and take the Cold and Flu Etiquette Quiz on Fox 7 Austin, Good Day Austin.
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