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The importance of flu etiquette

January 19, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is partnering with the Emily Post Institute to remind Americans to do the responsible thing during flu season, according to a press release.

The campaign offers flu etiquette tips for managing common situations where the flu virus might be shared from one person to another, such as shaking hands during a business meeting, over a family dinner or when faced with a fellow airplane traveler who is showing signs of flu, the release stated.

"Most of us try our best to be considerate and do the right thing," said Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of the 18th edition of Emily Post''s Etiquette book.

"While people recognize that the flu virus spreads easily, they admit to tossing proper etiquette aside when they have the flu," Post added.

The survey found that while 81 percent agree that a person with the flu should cancel social obligations, 64 percent of those who had the flu in the past three years admit to being "That Guy," who despite experiencing flu symptoms, continued to go about his/her daily activities, the release noted.

According to the release, the Emily Post Institute recommends the following flu etiquette tips to handle common situations with social grace:

• In the workplace: If you have flu symptoms at work, let your boss know right away that you need to get to the doctor.

• In social situations: Normally it would be rude to cancel on a dinner party or big event at the last minute, but if you''re sick, call with your regrets and instead, go see your doctor.

• Air travel: It''s tough to point out someone''s behavior mid-flight with hours left to go. However, flu is highly contagious, so say something.

Click here to read the complete release.

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