Dear Personal Report:
In the November issue, the article "Do your part to promote health" ad-vised: "And don't forget to cover your mouth when you sneeze, cough or yawn."
Most people assume they should cover their mouths with their hands, but this spreads more germs than an uncovered sneeze, cough or yawn. Pretend that the germs are like wet paint. If you get them on your hand, then everything your hand touches gets "painted" (contaminated) with those germs.
A better strategy: Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or shoulder, which doesn't touch much else. —Peggy Price, Bellevue, Wash.
Editor's note: We should have said, "And don't forget to cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough," and then included this advice, as well.