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Cover Your Cough!
updated: Jan 25, 2013, 11:59 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Is there a polite way to tell the man openly coughing to cover his mouth? He's walking around the entire coffee shop, coughing and coughing. I'd like to be polite but I'm not sure if I can wipe this disgusted look off my face.

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 COMMENT 367398 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:04 PM

I see your disgusted look on your face. Im sitting behind you ...Offer him something to cover his mouth

 

 COMMENT 367399 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:07 PM

Why be polite? He's not.

 

 SIMPLESIMON agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:10 PM

I would walk up to him and say, "Hi, did you know the latest way to cough is to cover your mouth with your arm not your hands?"

 

 COMMENT 367402P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:12 PM

I saw a girl at CVS coughing without covering her mouth while opening all the lipsticks.

 

 COMMENT 367407 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:17 PM

See? THIS is why you (we in the general population) need a flu shot. Because of the idiots spreading their germs all over without respecting others.

If the cougher has the flu, you've already been exposed to his infectious aerisolized droplets.

Otherwise, the coughed upon one has been exposed to the flu (if the cougher has it) and is now a possible vector of infection him/ herself. A problem if s /he gives the flu to the very old, very young of medically compromised people.

 

 COMMENT 367413 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:27 PM

Have you tried: "Please cover your mouth"

 

 COMMENT 367423 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:42 PM

I caught a cold from someone like him that went into an asthma attack that I almost died from. I would get out of there and tell him to cover his mouth and stay home, in no uncertain tone at all!! Rude rude rude!!!!!

 

 COMMENT 367424 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:42 PM

politely slap him as hard as you can.

 

 COMMENT 367425 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:48 PM

Just walk away. If the person isn't covering their mouth they obviously don't care.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 12:55 PM

Stuff a plunger in his mouth..

 

 COMMENT 367429 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:00 PM

424, I am laughing so hard!

 

 COMMENT 367430 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:01 PM

413 says it best - "Please cover your mouth"

This is the same person that I see picking his nose and scratching himself in public. He also eats with his mouth open!

 

 COMMENT 367434 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:13 PM

Why do people feel the need to be polite to others who clearly are not polite?

"Hey! Cover your mouth when you cough."

 

 COMMENT 367435 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:14 PM

Do unto others, 434.

 

 COMMENT 367437 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:18 PM

get close to him but remain unnoticed. the next time he coughs, place YOUR hand over his mouth and whisper into his ear "you're welcome"

then lick his ear lobe.

 

 COMMENT 367442P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:31 PM

hahaha 437 ewwwwwwwwwww

 

 COMMENT 367445 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:39 PM

What's wrong with just, "Would you be kind enough to keep your germs to yourself - I'm sure you've noticed it's Flu Season"? Insulting someone is not the best way to win their cooperation.

But if he does take offense anyway or become offensive you should have a good retort about his parentage and sympathizing that he must not have been raised near civilization so it's clearly not his fault.

 

 COMMENT 367451 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:53 PM

I work at a restaurant and a woman came in every day she was sick with the flu to get to go food. She would tell me how bad her flu was and how she was staying away from people as to not get anyone sick. I guess myself and everyone else at the restaurant don't count as real people. Another one made a reservation and asked for a warm table bc her guest was recovering from the flu. I've been sick twice this season. Thanks!!!!

 

 COMMENT 367452 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 01:59 PM

424, I am laughing toooooo!

 

 COMMENT 367458 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 02:20 PM

435, exactly. The'yre doing rude unto me and I do it right back unto them.

 

 COMMENT 367459 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 02:21 PM

424 for the WIN!!! I'm still laughing!

 

 COMMENT 367463 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 02:46 PM

457. Bravo! I am allergic to many scents, including "natural" ones. Among other reactions, they cause a cough. Granted, we should always cover a cough...but sometimes the person standing next to me is causing the cough. It's asthmatic, and as 423 said, you CAN die from an asthma attack.

 

 COMMENT 367464 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 02:47 PM

I have totally been avoiding restaurants and coffee shops during this flu season. Many employees who are sick will still go to work and get everybody else sick. They usually can't afford to take a day off and are not offered paid sick days. The air and food is tainted with viruses, plus anything you touch (tables, chairs, doorhandles) is too.

 

 COMMENT 367465P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 02:48 PM

I have a co-worker that has been coughing like that for a week and now the rest of us are sick. How do you complain about it when nobody does anything? They say "at least they are here" but don't care that now I'm sick and working sick too...

 

 COMMENT 367473 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 03:08 PM

Walk over and politely sneeze in his coffee, apologize, then sit behind him and converse with someone about your ongoing struggle with herpes.

 

 COMMENT 367476 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 03:12 PM

walk up next to him and PPPPPPPPPFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTT....and walk away. Don't say a word.

 

 COMMENT 367486P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 03:56 PM

A POLITE way?

Probably not especially you making the covering mouth gesture doesn't send the message!

Then an in-your-face, "Please! Would you please cover your mouth when you cough?!" may be in order.

Good luck.

 

 COMMENT 367491 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:06 PM

437, your comment made me lol. I have NEVER done that reading comments before yours. Muchas Gracias!

 

 COMMENT 367493 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:12 PM

Nope, no polite way to do it. I'd either just berate him or walk up to him and "accidentally" "sneeze" in his face, then say "Oh, excuse me. Don't worry though, I'm not still contagious."

 

 COMMENT 367501 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:36 PM

Why is slapping someone (424) so funny to everyone. Now 437 was funny.

 

 COMMENT 367502P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:40 PM

476 is the winner. Really too bad that people who cover their mouth with their hand while coughing and then touch everything in the coffee shop aren't much less of a hazard.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 04:44 PM

I'm with SimpleSimon--let him know that covering his mouth with his arm (coughing or sneezing into the crook of his elbow) helps prevent spreading germs around with his hands. Coughing or sneezing into your hands is a great way to pass on illness to others.

 

 COMMENT 367511 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 05:04 PM

Walk up behind him and start humming the tune "Respect Yourself" by The Staples Singers (released 1971).

At the appropriate juncture, break out and sing one verse of the lyrics:

"Keep talkin' 'bout the president Won't stop evolution Put your hand on your mouth When you cough, that'll help the solution."

Works everytime......

 

 COMMENT 367529 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 06:28 PM

Junior High students are forgetful when they feel icky and are sent to school anyway by their parents (for all kinds of reasons, I know). I have to remind students everyday about how to cough into their elbow. I do it with love, a kind voice, and not loud enough for others to hear, and most do it "right" the next time. Most people who are out when they feel bad just dont really think clearly, and a kind gentle reminding is all it takes....and maybe a kind word about feeling better soon.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 07:49 PM

There's some good material here...hahahahaha!

I'm always too flabbergasted to say anything to the senseless clods, I just get the hell away from them asap.

 

 COMMENT 367612P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 07:41 AM

You can always say (half) joking as you back away: "Hey, stay away from me. I don't want to catch it".

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 08:40 AM

I heard the other day that the "cough into your arm" is called the "birdwing". Just tell people, "Do the birdwing instead of spreading germs." I feel sorry for the poster who thinks trying to stay healthy is sniveling, and makes crude remarks about anyones concern over a "germ spreader". Low self esteem brings on ego inflating remarks, sad situation.

 

 COMMENT 367664 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 09:20 AM

STRAY: Thanks, & a serendipitous example of the importance of music in keeping us alive.

 

 COMMENT 367889P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 07:57 PM

Everything everywhere is tainted with viruses, today and everyday. Practice good sanitation yes, but keeping your immune system as strong as you can is always your best defense. Unfortunately people like coughing man are just a hazard, and I say try anything and then leave if necessary. I totally identify with 451. My store sells children's stuff, and we always get parents bringing their sick kids in to entertain them while they're bored at home because they can't go to preschool. Of course the school can have such a policy, but we can't. We sanitize the play table after they leave. What else to do? It's very tricky to ask a customer to leave. And besides kids spread germs anyway, even when they're not visibly sick.

 

 COMMENT 367935P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-27 01:01 AM

I must have unusually long arm bones. I've seen people do the "cough-into-your-elbow" maneuver but I can't get my mouth close enough to the inside of my elbow to do much good. Does anyone else have this problem?

 

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