Posted: Jul 12, 2010 11:14 AM by Melissa Canone
ATLANTA (AP) - A new swine flu study finds that most people use
their hands to stifle a cough or sneeze - an unsanitary practice
that contributes to the spread of germs.
For a study in New Zealand last August, medical students
secretly watched hundreds of people cough or sneeze at a train
station, a shopping mall and a hospital.
Three of every four people tried to cover their cough or sneeze.
But most of them used their hands to do it, rather than a tissue or
sneezing into their elbow, as health officials recommend.
The study was presented Monday at an infectious diseases
conference in Atlanta.