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Here are some important points to teach your tamariki about coughing and sneezing:

  • Use a clean tissue to cover your mouth and nose every single time you cough or sneeze
  • Always turn your face away from people when you cough or sneeze
  • Place your used tissues into the rubbish bin
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser after you cough or sneeze
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Never cough or sneeze into your hands or open air

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Coughing and sneezing safely

Many germs can be spread through the air by droplets. By covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, you reduce how far the droplets can travel and stop them from contaminating other surfaces. In the past, people were encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with their hands but if you do not clean your hands immediately, germs stay on your hands and can be transferred to other surfaces (Based on material provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council).

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Last updated 1 August 2023.