I’ve never been a germophobe. This isn’t to say that I don’t observe basic hygiene (regular hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer when I can’t get to a sink, covering my mouth when sneezing, etc.), but I also don’t fret too much about coming into contact with public surfaces. Life’s too short to be squeamish, and I seldom get more than the requisite two nose colds per year. I have faith that my immune system will take care of the important stuff. But this photo of what actually happens in the air around a person when he/she coughs might change all that:

This is why you should cover your mouth!

This is why you should cover your mouth!

Maybe it’s the lurid colors, but GROSS. This is now what I’m going to see every time a person coughs. <<shudder>>

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