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Old August 19 2013, 08:46 PM   #16
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Re: Sneezing Etiquette

My ex taught me her way of doing a contained sneeze, keeping the nasal passage and mouth closed and breathing out, awkward but no messy projection.
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Old August 19 2013, 08:46 PM   #17
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I sneeze into either my shoulder or arm never my palm. Mythbusters even did a study of this and showed sneezing into your hand spreads germs as badly as not covering.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:09 PM   #18
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You've not been vaccinated?
Not to my knowledge. I tend to avoid going to doctors. It doesn't have anything to do with homeopathy, alternative medicine, or religious reasons. I go to them when I have to if I get an ailment that doesn't resolve after a few weeks.

Why? Forty-three years ago, my dad went to the hospital for "routine tests", agreed to surgery (perhaps while still experiencing after-effects of sedation), and never came out alive, leaving me orphaned (at 19, but I was still living at home and going to college). Everything in my life went upside down. I've lived alone for most of the last 35 years, so it's not like I'd be depriving the non-existent spouse, children, or close friends of my presence.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:14 PM   #19
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When do people typically get Mumps vaccinations? I know certain vaccinations are required by state law, but I'm not sure if Mumps is one of them. Though honestly, I haven't gotten a vaccine for anything since high school (maybe?), so I don't remember what I actually have.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:14 PM   #20
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You've not been vaccinated?
Not to my knowledge. I tend to avoid going to doctors. It doesn't have anything to do with homeopathy, alternative medicine, or religious reasons. I go to them when I have to if I get an ailment that doesn't resolve after a few weeks.

Why? Forty-three years ago, my dad went to the hospital for "routine tests", agreed to surgery (perhaps while still experiencing after-effects of sedation), and never came out alive, leaving me orphaned (at 19, but I was still living at home and going to college). Everything in my life went upside down. I've lived alone for most of the last 35 years, so it's not like I'd be depriving the non-existent spouse, children, or close friends of my presence.
Wow, I'm very sorry to hear that.

One thing to bear in mind though is that getting vaccinated isn't only for your own good, but it helps to protect others as well, especially babies.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:16 PM   #21
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When do people typically get Mumps vaccinations? I know certain vaccinations are required by state law, but I'm not sure if Mumps is one of them. Though honestly, I haven't gotten a vaccine for anything since high school (maybe?), so I don't remember what I actually have.
Mumps is part of the MMR vaccine, and is required before going to public school. I got mine when I was 10. I'm not sure if that was a booster, but I think they are generally part of the first 2 years.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:21 PM   #22
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Ah, probably just fell under the category of "booster shots," which at the time just meant I was getting stabbed by a Doctor, so I probably wasn't terribly concerned with what was actually happening.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:24 PM   #23
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Ah, probably just fell under the category of "booster shots," which at the time just meant I was getting stabbed by a Doctor, so I probably wasn't terribly concerned with what was actually happening.
I never minded getting my boosters, because they meant ice cream!
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Old August 19 2013, 09:34 PM   #24
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When I was growing up, I was always told to cover my mouth whenever coughing or sneezing.

. . . Almost everyone at work (or anywhere else, for that matter) sneezes out in the open.
Then they're a bunch of rude, inconsiderate boors who were never taught basic manners. The next time one of your co-workers sneezes without covering their mouth and nose, ask how they'd like to get a faceful of someone else's atomized, germ-laden mucus.

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I sneeze into either my shoulder or arm never my palm. Mythbusters even did a study of this and showed sneezing into your hand spreads germs as badly as not covering.
Since sneezing into the crook of one's elbow is apparently now the accepted sanitary practice, I'll have to remember that the next time I feel a sneeze coming on.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:40 PM   #25
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I think the accepted practice now is to sneeze into the crook of your arm so as not to contaminate your hands and anything you might touch afterwards.
Yeah, sneezing into your hand is still useless if you don't wash your hands right after. And gross.
The comedian Orny Adams (Coach on MTV's Teen Wolf) has entire portion of his stand-up routine dedicated to the "elbow pit."
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Old August 19 2013, 09:56 PM   #26
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Ugh, I hate elbows.
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Old August 19 2013, 09:59 PM   #27
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Wow, I'm very sorry to hear that.
That's okay, I don't think you had anything to do with it.
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Old August 19 2013, 10:03 PM   #28
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I think the accepted practice now is to sneeze into the crook of your arm so as not to contaminate your hands and anything you might touch afterwards.
What I have been taught is that coughing or sneezing into my elbow is good if I'm wearing long sleeves. If I'm wearing short sleeves, I've been taught to pull the collar above my nose and cough/sneeze inside the shirt onto my own chest, which is less likely to spread germs than doing it on my arm or hand).

I'm unusual in that I don’t vocalize my sneezes. Most people sneeze ah-choo! Some people sneeze ah-CHOOOOOO!!!!!!!, which is kind of annoying. I sneeze ah-tch.
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Old August 19 2013, 10:57 PM   #29
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I ah-tch and my head explodes.
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Old August 19 2013, 11:33 PM   #30
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I frequently have a photic sneeze reflex outdoors (the sun is pretty bright in Arizona), which usually results in three or more quick sneezes in a row. Not a pretty sight when it's all over.
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