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Cold and Flu Etiquette

Germs never take a sick day. Check out the following do’s and don’ts from etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, and help limit the spread of germs.

Cold and Flu Etiquette

Be Prepared

  • Hack your hacking cough and get fast, powerful all-day or all-night relief from your cough with Robitussin 12HR cough relief.
  • Keep an on–the-go wellness kit. Whether in a purse, backpack, or desk drawer, have supplies like tissues, hand sanitizers, and disinfecting wipes on hand, for those times when symptoms strike.
  • Know someone that is suffering with cold symptoms? Create a Take Care Package to lift their spirits with a thoughtful gift of soup, tea, a book, and Robitussin.
  • Be ready to treat a cough or cold at the first sign.

Be Considerate

  • It’s acceptable to skip a handshake when suffering from cold or flu symptoms.
  • Never cover your mouth with your hand. Instead, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
  • Don’t be a hero. If you have cold or flu symptoms take a sick day and Robitussin. There’s nothing super about spreading germs in the office.
  • If possible, consider rescheduling travel plans to avoid boarding a plane or public transportation when sick.

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Be Mindful

  • Sharing food or drink is a great way to spread germs from the common cold.
  • Steer clear of shared surfaces, and wipe down shared areas like tables and chairs with a disinfecting wipe.

Be Helpful

  • Know a parent whose kid is under the weather? Offer to take over the carpool, or get homework assignments.
  • If you find yourself around a co-worker with a cough or cold and they’re not practicing under-the-weather-etiquette, it’s okay to politely remind them of the do’s and don’ts.

For more tips on taking care of a cough from the flu or common cold, visit the Robitussin Cough & Cold Center.

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