Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm (i.e. your elbow), not into your hand.1 Dispose tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands afterwards.1

In order to make data available for Canadians, people living in the United States, and the rest of the world, we included information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. See below for information about covering coughs and sneezes from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Do not cough or sneeze into your hand, instead use a tissue or the bend of your arm.

As soon as possible, throw away used tissues into a lined waste container and immediately wash your hands. 

Read more here: 

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Always discard used tissues. Wash your hands right after coughing or sneezing. 

Read more here: 

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Protect Yourself. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
World Health Organization (WHO)

Use either a clean tissue or bent elbow when you must cough or sneeze to cover your mouth and nose. The used tissue should be disposed of right away and your hands should be washed. 

Read more here: 

  1. World Health Organization. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Reference

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html 

Disclaimer: The information regarding COVID-19 is changing constantly as more data become available. The information provided in this website is not meant to replace diabetes healthcare team or public health agencies recommendations, and is intended for information purposes only. Please check with your healthcare providers for any deviations from your care plans.


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