Q: My son’s teacher sent home a list of rules for his class. He is in the 5th grade and the list had 44 rules. I find this many rules very extreme for a child’s class and there are many rules that just seem ridiculous,but one of the rules stated that when a child coughs or sneezes they must cover their mouth with their hand, which is fine, but she goes one step further in stating that it must be the hand, using a fist is unacceptable. Is there a proper way to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze or is this teacher just being way too demanding?
A: His teacher is very specific! However, she is partially correct. It is appropriate to cover your mouth and nose with your hand if you sneeze. A fist is not “large” enough to cover a person’s mouth and nose. However, if you cough, it would be fine to use either your hand or your fist. The point is not to spray anyone near you when you sneeze or cough.