While generally harmless in healthy individuals, sneezes spread disease through the infectious aerosol droplets, commonly ranging from 0.5 to 5 µm. 40,000 droplets can be produced by a sneeze.[6] To reduce the possibility of thus spreading disease (such as the flu), one holds the forearm or the inside of the elbow in front of one’s mouth and nose when sneezing. Using one’s hand for that purpose has recently fallen into disuse[citation needed] as it is considered inappropriate, since it promotes spreading germs through human contact (such as handshaking) or by commonly touched objects (most notably doorknobs).

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