- Last Updated: 11.21.13
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge all individuals to observe "respiratory etiquette" to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including influenza (flu), colds and pneumonia.
The principles of respiratory etiquette are simple:
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Do this either with a tissue or your inner elbow.
- Wash your hands frequently. This is the single most important thing you can do to stop the spread of disease.
- In a hospital or medical setting, masks should be worn by anyone who has symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, fever). If you are in a waiting room and have these symptoms, please ask for a mask to wear so that others will not get sick.