Watch How Far Your Sneeze Germs Are Going—Even If You Cover It


It’s a rule we’re sure your parents said when you were sick: cover your mouth and nose!

It’s impossible to avoid other people sneezing around you—especially at work during cold and flu season. Some people cover their sneeze germs with their sleeve, but others quickly react and sneeze right into their hands. Others choose to sneeze into a tissue or handkerchief. Is one better than the other?

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage from the popular show Mythbusters wanted to answer this question, so they built an experiment to see how far a sneeze travels if we cover our mouths. Do covered sneeze germs still spread? And do they go far enough to infect other people around you?

You might be surprised at their results. Watch the video below.

Turns out, when someone sneezes around you or on objects nearby, their germs or virus can last on most surfaces or in the air for up to 45 minutes—making it very easy for someone to come along and pick it up. And we can almost guarantee it won’t stop traveling from there. It’ll only be passed on to more and more surfaces in the building. That seems to paint (part of) the picture how viruses get spread, doesn’t it?

Did you struggle keeping your office healthy last year during the cold and flu season? City Wide can schedule specialized Workplace Wellness services for businesses with vulnerable populations or high-traffic environments to help protect against germs and viruses.

Disinfecting surfaces in your building and providing the right cleaning supplies is a big priority. Contact City Wide to talk about your Workplace Wellness Plan.