How To Sneeze and Cough Politely
Advice from Jodi Smith, the founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Marblehead, Mass.
Always carry tissues.
No one wants to see someone in a beautifully tailored suit sneeze into his elbow (even if you’re supposed to). Yuck!
“Bless you” is optional.
If you’re talking with someone who sneezes, you should say something. But if they’re two cubicles over, the sneeze shouldn’t be acknowledged. As a general rule, the first sneeze or two should be politely acknowledged. You can ignore a perpetual parade of sneezes all day long.
Sneeze at your desk …
A covered sneeze, followed by a tissue dab, is fine.
… but blow your nose in the bathroom. No one needs to listenisten to your snot progression.ssion.