Daily Archives: October 14, 2011

Bad Manners Blow

You might not be able to avoid coughing and sneezing, but you can have some say in where the germs land. We’ve been hearing for a while now how important it is to aim for our sleeves or a tissue, not our hands or – mercy me – the air around us. It’s all about being considerate of other people… or so we thought.

Well, a new survey shows that those who do put a bit of common cold courtesy into place are actually less likely to get sick themselves. Talk about what goes around, comes around. The Hygiene Council found that people who wash their hands frequently, take care where they’re coughing and sneezing, and stay home from work when they’re contagious are actually healthier than those who don’t mind their manners.

And now for a few fun facts about Canadians, gleaned from the same survey: Women are more likely than men to practise regular handwashing (yay for me), and people with neurotic behaviours have better hygiene habits (yay for me). Plus the older and richer you are, the more likely you are to have good personal hygiene (no comment).

Whatever your regime, here’s wishing you a weekend free of illness. Go forth and lather.

Box of facial tissue

You know the drill: "Catch it, bin it, kill it."