By: K. Aleisha Fetters
If and when I get sick this winter, will covering my mouth really keep germs from spreading? Or is it just a courtesy maneuver?
Nicole M. Bouvier, M.D., Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital's Icahn School of Medicine
"It's not entirely clear," Bouvier says.
"Researchers have seen that a fair number of respiratory particles still escape into the surrounding air, even when an barrier like a tissue, sleeve, hand, or surgical mask is placed in front of the cougher's mouth," she says. Plus, the droplets that sneak past cough-blocking barriers are the tiniest ones, which are light enough to hang around in the air for hours and small enough to penetrate your cube mate's respiratory tract.
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