8 Things We Do to Avoid Germs That Are Basically Useless

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6. Holding your breath when someone sneezes or coughs

“Remember when someone last sneezed or coughed in your face and you instinctively held your breath for the germs to pass?” asks Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics. “Unless you can manage to rapidly move away from the affected area, the chances of holding your breath long enough to avoid any germs are slim.”

The bigger problem is those droplets that transfer from your sick colleague to you. Most germs transfer through the hands, so next time you scratch your nose or rub your eyes, you’ll be giving the germs an open door to your body.

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