You’re in line at the drugstore purchasing rubbing alcohol and a Milky Way, and the old guy standing in front of you is hacking up a lung, arms to his sides as he holds a box of cough syrup in each hand. He doesn’t attempt to cover his mouth, only turns his head slightly as though he’s laser coughing his contaminants onto the floor. You can almost see the microbial vermin spraying from his mouth in batches of a million per hack so you take a few steps back hoping the person standing in line behind you catches on and does the same.
We’ve all seen this guy (and gal) and we’re pretty darn certain that at some time in their lives they were taught or told to cover their mouths while coughing. So you wonder, what the heck are they thinking spreading their live cooties through common space?
His hands were full. Maybe that’s what he’d say. You and I BOTH know this is why God made your arms long and bendable. Cough into your sleeve… the back of your hand… heck, step out of line and hack it up away from everyone else. We’ll save your spot! Just don’t sicken us – literally or figuratively.
You would think that in this day and age of soap and penicillin that we would not have to remind able minded adults of this courtesy we are teaching our 3-year-olds.
Even the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has articles and flyers on their website (exclamation points included) telling people to keep their germs to themselves. I’m paraphrasing.
When we see this violation of common sense, I recommend the kid gloves come off. All politeness and reservation should be tossed into the contaminated air and someone needs to actually say it OUT LOUD:“Cover your mouth!”