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Infographic: What’s In A Sneeze?

While responses to a sneeze may vary across different cultures, most aspects of sneezing are universal. For example, no matter the language, “Bless you,” “Gesundheit” and “Banish the omen” all show a sign of respect for the afflicted party.

Sneezing seems to be more prevalent as the weather gets colder, due to the increased presence of ragweed and mold in the fall. Then, as winter approaches, people are forced indoors, where they are more likely to be affected by airborne irritants trapped inside.

In addition, being indoors prevents people from being able to escape the potentially harmful effects of a person sneezing nearby. While everyone sneezes from time to time, those who do not cover their mouths in busy public areas can spread germs to as many as 150 people, one study found.

As the following infographic shows, the public health repercussions brought on by careless sneezing may want to make some readers change their habits.

While this information suggests that you cannot do much to shield yourself from the germs of other people, everyone can do their part to prevent germs from spreading through a sneeze. Those who are in a pinch and need to rely on covering their nose and mouth with only their hands should consider carrying hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs while on the go. Online merchants also sell air purifiers that can eliminate airborne germs in a home.

We hope the infographic “What’s In A Sneeze?” provided you with some helpful information in time for the first cold season.

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