Cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene – protecting others

Cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene – protecting others

Consumer information

Cover your cough and your sneeze COVID-19 Poster

Cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene are things you can do that help to prevent the spread of germs that cause infection and disease.

Cover your cough

You should always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, preferably with a tissue.  If you don’t have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper arm, rather than your hands. If you do cough or sneeze into your hands, make sure you wash and dry your hands afterwards.

Bin the tissues

When you wipe or blow your nose, use a tissue and then throw the tissue straight into a rubbish bin.  We don’t recommend using handkerchiefs as they are handled numerous times and placed in pockets in-between uses.

Clean your hands

Clean your hands with soap and water or a waterless hand rub, after you have blown your nose or had contact with used tissues or handkerchiefs.

Stay at home

If you do get sick with a cold or flu, keep your distance in public: at least 1 metre from other people if you are coughing or sneezing.  Stay away from work or school and do not visit people while they are in hospital. This will help prevent you from making other people sick.

July 2021