Snotty sleeves

One of the good manners lessons my mother taught me as a very young child was to cover my mouth when I sneezed or coughed and NEVER to wipe my nose on my sleeve. Only people who grew up in barns do that, apparently.

Well, the City of Toronto is trying to get us all to move into barns, with their “Do the Sleeve Sneeze” campaign. I guess the idea is that if you cough or sneeze onto your hands and then touch stuff, like the hand railings in the subway or whatever, everyone who touches where you touched will pick up your germs.

Maybe this makes sense… But gross! I wonder if we’ll start to see lots of slimy looking coat sleeves this winter. I think I’d rather get the flu.

  4 comments for “Snotty sleeves

  1. Anonymous
    December 13, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Do the Sleeve Sneeze campaign?!? Wow. Personally, I bring tissues with me. Mind you I’m a mom so I pretty much have to.

  2. Nancy
    December 13, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    It’s an odd thing. I can’t figure it out. People just cough/sneeze in the general vicinity of their inner elbow/forearm, and think they’ve done a good thing. Meanwhile the germs fly.

    And if you’ve got lipstick on, the last thing you want to do is muffle your sneeze against your sleeve.

    Me? I like to sneeze down my chest. Yup. Pull out my top, bend head down, and the cough/sneeze is encased.

    Who is stranger than people?


  3. December 13, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Sleeve Sneeze. Yuck, it’ll make me not to want to hug any of my friends in Toronto now 😉

    Like Christine I carry tissue and Purel.

  4. December 13, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve been known to implode rather than sneeze (those in the days when I was a massage therapist and sneezing was none too kind over a half naked body). Also in those days, I would do a sneaky shoulder half implosive sneeze with hands still massaging away. Anything to avoid snoffling into hands and having to stop massage, wash the dang things and come back only to forget where I was.

    A sleeve sneeze sounds disgusting, but consider the alternative: the person snootles into their hand and then touches the door handle you touch only minutes later. I know.

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