- A single sneeze produces more than 40,000 droplets of moisture and millions of germs, propelled over a distance of 32 ft.
- The fastest recorded sneeze was 103.6 mph. The average speed is between 80 mph and 100 mph
That means whatever is ailing the sneezer soon could be ailing you.
Most people instinctively just use their hands when sneezing. Bad idea. A cocktail of mucus, saliva and germs end up on your hands and soon transfers to whatever surfaces the hands next touch, where the germs can live for hours.
Others use a tissue or handkerchief. when sneezing. Still not the best. Some of that cocktail still gets passed the tissue or handkerchief and "The handkerchief can be a harbinger of unpleasant micro-organisms. Bacteria can multiply in them."
So what should we do when we sneeze?
Use your elbows. Sneezing into your elbow can effectively prevent germ filled fluids from spreading. In fact, a professor in a study said: "The new etiquette should be to cough and sneeze into your elbow. It breaks the chain of transmission and you must wash your hands properly and regularly. You should sing Happy Birthday twice over while washing your hands with hot water and soap, a quick squirt of cold water will not do it."
So, lets keep those germs to ourselves by sneezing into our elbows and wash afterwards. If you don't have access to hot soap and water GO Medical supplies antiseptic wipes that will help. You might want to wash that shirt as well. :-)