Cough or sneeze into your elbow

It will keep the virus off your hands, so you won’t spread it to other people and make them sick too.

Face masks

For most people face masks are not recommended. Face masks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals. For people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, there may be benefit in wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of infection to other people.

Why you should do it

Coughing or sneezing into your elbow catches the droplets and stops them getting onto your hands.


Put any used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately. Then wash your hands thoroughly. Then dry.

How it spreads

Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces. If other people touch these surfaces they may get sick.

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