Erika Christakis asks why adults still sneeze into their hands:
Walk into any pre-K or elementary classroom in America and you’ll be surprised to see that kids don’t cough or sneeze into their hands anymore. It’s simply not done and it’s easy to see why. Coughing or sneezing directly into a hand that subsequently handles food, money, and other human body parts is clearly a recipe for contagion. The real wonder is that people failed for so many years to spot this simple truth. A typical sneeze can travel 100 miles per hour and spew countless germs into the air. One study found that viruses can survive much longer on objects like dollar bills than originally thought, particularly when found in high concentrations like those from a single sneeze.
It’s done like this:
Maybe the cartoon (from Time.com) below is a little gross, too!