Sickness Etiquette for Dummies!

By First Posted: Sep 23, 2014 Tue 9:00 AM Updated: Feb 11, 2018 Sun 1:25 AM
Sickness Etiquette for Dummies!
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Do you know why people at your office seem to fall sick around the same time of the year? Do you have any idea why the kids in your child's school also seem to fall sick in a pattern? Have you ever wondered about "the bug that's been going around"?

The truth is that there is no bug, just a lot of bacteria and other micro-organisms that spread disease, and we spread them. One sick person can easily make a lot of other people sick, without meaning to, and without even realising it. This is why there is a certain way one should behave when sick. 

Sickness Etiquette for Dummies

1. Don't go around spreading the germs everywhere. In fact, if you are unwell, it is best to take a day or two off and stay home while you recuperate. Not only will you recover faster, you will also not spread the disease.

2. Avoid touching surfaces like door knobs, handles, staircase railings, lift panel etc. These are the surfaces that everybody touches and if you leave your germs there, you are likely to spread them.

3. Use a tissue when you sneeze. A lot of people tend to cough and sneeze into other people's faces. How rude and disgusting is that?

4. Wash your hands regularly to keep the spread of germs to a minimum. You could even try to disinfect the surfaces you touch.

5. Avoid sharing food or utensils with your family and friends. 


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