Not All Sneezes Carry COVID-19


Photo for illustration purposes only, sneezing etiquette should be used.

It’s almost mid-September. After a spring and summer of various states of quarantine, things are starting to return, if not to normal, at least some semblance thereof. People are slowly – very slowly – starting to go back to work places.

Many students are in classrooms, however very much different looking classrooms. Not exactly the good old days, but a step in the right direction. At least until things go wrong. It’s a bit like walking on eggshells.

The usual sniffles are still going to be around. Colds and allergies will remain a nuisance to sufferers.

With that in mind, it is important to note that not all sneezes are created equal.

The usual sniffles are still going to be around. Colds and allergies will remain a nuisance to sufferers. But what stands to make this even worse this year is the presumption that all sneezes are chock-a-block with Coronavirus droplets. Children sneezing behind masks are going to be a common occurrence as long as the ‘cold’ remains common.

Desks are enclosed in plexi-glass bubbles to prevent any spread

That sneezing woman with the puffy eyes may well just be battling ragweed or pollen. Allergies are not contagious.

Let’s not ostracize those who tend to sneeze; allergy and seasonal cold sufferers should not be made to feel like Typhoid Mary

Let’s not ostracize those who tend to sneeze; allergy and seasonal cold sufferers should not be made to feel like Typhoid Mary . Let’s not jump to conclusions. Common sneezing etiquette should be practised, but assuming that all sneezes are COVID-19 spreaders is not the way to go.

Achoo! Gesundheit!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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