Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection
3.2.3 Exposure to Body Fluids
18.104.22.168: Cough and Sneeze Etiquette
Staff members and children should be taught to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Staff members and children should also be taught to cough or sneeze into their inner elbow/upper sleeve and to avoid covering the nose or mouth with bare hands. Hand hygiene, as specified in Standards 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199, should follow a cough or sneeze that could result in the spread of respiratory droplets to the skin.
RATIONALEProper respiratory etiquette can prevent transmission of respiratory pathogens (1).
COMMENTSMulti-lingual videos, posters, and handouts should be part of an active educational effort of caregivers/teachers and children to reinforce this practice. For free downloadable posters and flyers in multiple languages, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS188.8.131.52 Situations that Require Hand Hygiene
184.108.40.206 Handwashing Procedure
220.127.116.11 Assisting Children with Hand Hygiene
18.104.22.168 Hand Sanitizers
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010. Seasonal flu: Cover your cough. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm.