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Cover Your Cough

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Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!

Both simple respiratory infections (the "common cold") and more serious respiratory infections like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands
  • Touching objects that are contaminated with germs, then having your hands in or near your mouth

To help stop the spread of germs

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket

Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing and always before eating

  • Wash with soap and water or
  • Clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner

More information on the flu and other infectious illness is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional resources

Browse Hall Health Center's health resources on infectious disease

Schedule an appointment with Hall Health Center

If you are a current UW-Seattle student or established Hall Health Center patient and have questions, contact our Consulting Nurse service


Authored by: Hall Health Center Primary Care Clinic staff

Reviewed by: Hall Health Center Primary Care Clinic staff (KC), February 2014