Etiquettes you must Follow to Avoid Yucky Situations in Winters

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 09, 2015

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Winters bring a lot of health related troubles with them. Cold and flu in this season can become inevitable if proper precautions are not taken. Running nose, congested chest and cough can create some embarrassing situations in public. Here are some etiquettes you can follow to avoid yucky situations.
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    The Dark Side to Winters!

    Winter isn’t just about bonfires and chilly mornings accompanied by a hot cup of coffee. There is a dark side to it too. Cold and flu which come following the winter season can create some uncomfortable and infectious moments that you just cannot avoid experiencing. It could be a person in your family or a person sharing the flight with you carrying the infectious cold and flu virus with them. So, if you are wondering how to protect yourself in these and other similar yucky situations and not come off as ill-mannered at the same time, here is what you should do.

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    Infection in the Family

    If you have a relative visiting you over a winter weekend, you become highly vulnerable to catching germs because they spread easily among relatives. According to the founder and president of the Etiquette School of New York Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, the usual distance two people maintain while talking is three feet but, the distance decreases to a foot and a half when we are with a family member. Thus, the danger increases. You could use hand sanitizers to avoid germs entering your body. Also, you could use decorative paper hand towels in the place of cloth bathroom hand towels to avoid germs in your house.

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    Infection in Office

    A survey conducted on 1,003 adults in America showed that a quarter of the American population go to work when they are sick and 81 percent do care if their coworker isn’t well and would speak up. If you find a colleague who may be infected by cold and flu virus, tell them gently that they may be sick. Offer them help and suggest them to seek medical help.

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    Infectious Fellow Traveler

    If you are travelling with a person who you think can transmit their germs, you need to take some extra precautions. The low ventilation conditions while travelling can put you at a very high risk of catching cold. So, to protect yourself and be generous at the same time give some tissues to your fellow traveler and ask them if it is allergies or cold. It they suffer from cold, ask the attendant to change your seat if possible. Also, use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes which are common inlets for germs.

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    Infection while Sharing Food

    If you have a friend who suffers from cold and flu, avoid eating with him from the same plate. If it is just the two of you, ask the waiter to split the dish into two plates. When there is a dish which needs to be shared between four to six people, just make sure that everyone has their own small dish. If you wish to make sure that your friend does not feel bad about your action, politely tell him that you are “Just being careful. So, how about splitting the dishes?”

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    Infectious Handshakes

    What makes more sense? Being gracious or being healthy? If you want to keep cold and flu at bay avoid offering your hand to greet people. It wouldn’t be difficult for people to understand your care because in a way you are also preventing them from illness.

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    Embarrassment of Sneezing in the Crowd

    If you sneeze in public place and mucus releases from your nose you surely will be left embarrassed. In a situation like this apologize, excuse yourself to the washroom and move on. You must avoid making it an issue so that nobody notices it. Also, to show etiquettes, always try to sneeze in your elbow instead of your hand.

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    Cooking when you are Sick

    This could be an awkward situation because you do not want people to think that you are doing a shoddy job. What you could do is provide the food but not cook it yourself. Call for a catering order and let your guests have a good time without worrying about falling ill. Also, if they notice that the host isn’t well try not to eat with the guests by making an excuse that you weren’t hungry. This would make your guests a little comfortable hanging around in your place.

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