How to be a polite sick person

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January 15, 2013, 10:53 am

(NECN) - Fighting a cold can come with its own problems - but it shouldn't become someone else's.

There are proper behaviors during the cold season.

Jodi Smith, President of Mannersmith Consulting, stopped by "The Morning Show" to share the following etiquette guideline:

-- The number one rule is: If you are sick, please stay home. HOWEVER, if you do decide to venture about:

-- Please bring your own supplies. This includes an ample supply of tissues as well as somewhere to deposit the ones you have used.

-- Keep your germs to yourself. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief.

-- Keep your hands to yourself. If you are sick, excuse yourself from the customary handshake, as hand-to-hand contact is the most common way to spread germs.

-- Put your ego aside. While we would all like to think the world would stop if we were unable to be in the office for one day, this is just not the case. If you are really sick, really stay home.

-- If you're supposed to host people at your home and someone in your family is sick, CANCEL the event!

-- An ounce of prevention. Millions of dollars of medical research has finally confirmed that your mother was right all along. To stay healthy, sleep well, eat well, drink lots of water and wash your hands regularly.

-- Your grandmother was right, too. Chicken soup really does speed the recovery from colds and flu's.

Tags: flu, health, flu season, sick, etiquette, the morning show, jodi smith, Mannersmith Consulting, sick etiquette
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