The New York Public Schools this week instituted a new policy when teaching children how to avoid spreading disease and infections via their mouths. Children used to be taught to cover their mouths with their hands if they sneezed or coughed or yawned. That was problematic because children then used those infected hands to touch things, and each other, and viruses and disease were easily spread that way. Now teachers ask the children to cough into the crooks of their arms instead of into their hands. It’s a brilliant, yet simple, idea that everyone should now adopt and it is a further delightful example of how education and better healthcare can immediately benefit the young and, in turn, us all. Of small instructions blossom good things.
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