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Coughing & Sneezing Etiquette


When thinking about cough & sneeze etiquette, we typically think about infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics. However, we should all practise good coughing and sneezing etiquette at all times, including at home or anywhere we go.

Handkerchiefs are not the best way to handle coughing and sneezing!

The Hanky

Historically, the handkerchief or "hanky" was the charming & sometimes stylish companion for anyone that needed to wrangle a sneeze or blow a nose. Handkerchiefs may still have a place in society, but if you are suffering from a cold or the flu, then tissues are a better option.


When blowing your nose, you are blowing nasal secretions into the tissue that can contain the virus, which is causing your illness. Throwing out the used tissue without reusing it, reduces the risk of spreading the virus. Alternatively, by using a handkerchief and reusing it, you are increasing the chance of spreading the virus to those around you. As the handkerchief gets moist from multiple uses, it can also have a build-up of nasal secretions. Any virus in the nasal secretions will undoubtedly be spread to doorknobs, elevator buttons, escalators and anything or anyone you touch. Help reduce the risk by using tissues over handkerchiefs when feeling under the weather.


Coughing & Sneezing

Many people's natural reaction to an upcoming sneeze or cough is to cover their face with their hands. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common mistakes that contribute to the spread of viruses.


How can I make a difference?

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  2. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm, not your hands

  3. Put your used tissues in the trash

  4. Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub


One of the best ways to avoid spreading viruses is by staying home when you are sick. Staying at home while being unhealthy limits the number of people you become in contact with. It's pretty easy to say by limiting the number of people you interact with; you decrease the odds of spreading viruses. This is especially true for family caregivers, nurses or other healthcare workers. If you are sick, take the day off and ask for help if need be.


If you need to head out while being sick, consider taking these four steps

  1. Wearing a mask is a great way to help stop spreading viruses.

  2. Avoid unnecessary contact with people while experiencing flu-like symptoms.

  3. Keep hand sanitizer on hand for moments when you do not have access to soap and water.

  4. Keep a small package of tissues for coughing, sneezing and wiping

If you are a family caregiver in the Greater Victoria Area and feeling under the weather feel free to contact Pacific Coast Health Services 24/7/365 days a year. From a few hours to a few months and everything in between, we can fill in to help your loved one until you are feeling better.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Snow has arrived in Victoria, and the forecasters are saying it is going to be sticking around for a bit. With the cold weather comes icy sidewalks, slippery roads and many other challenges for seniors and their caregivers.


4 Tips for seniors heading out in the snow


1. Dress for the weather

Before heading out, ensure that you are prepared for the current and potential temperature/conditions outside. Some things to consider are gloves or mittens, hat or toque, scarf, wool socks, a sweater and a warm jacket.

Dressing in layers will help keep you comfortable by having the ability to remove or add clothing as needed for maximum comfort.


2. Be aware of slipping Hazards

The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that last year 4 out of 5 visits to the hospital by seniors were due to slips, trips and falls.

Because snowy or icy conditions can increase the chances of a slip or fall, it is important to ensure that you are wearing proper footwear. Grippy winter boots are always the best. Check the tread, make sure they fit properly and ensure any laces are able to be tied.


If you are using a cane, double-check your cane tips and consider using an ice tip.


3. Communicate

Having a friend or loved one with you is always more fun. Go ahead, invite a friend, family member or caregiver to go out with you.

If you are heading out on your own, let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be back. Don't forget to communicate any changes in your activities throughout the day.

Consider taking a cell phone for emergencies.


4. Know your limits

Go ahead, enjoy the snow, soak up a little cool air, but understand and keep within your limits and abilities.



Did you know Pacific Coast Health Services provides personal supports that include accompaniment during errands, walks and appointments? Snow, rain or sunshine we will be there every time. Need more info? Call us 24/7 (250) 389-0202 for a free healthcare assessment.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Tell us your fav holiday tradition for a chance to win one of two $50 James Bay Inn Gift Cards.

Pacific Coast Health Services has teamed up with the James Bay Inn Hotel to spread a little Holiday Cheer.


We all have our favourite holiday traditions. Some are passed down from generations and others are new and modern. From decorating the dog & tree to Christmas dinners & parties, we want to hear what your favourite holiday tradition is.


Contest Rules:

1. Total contest value is $100 consisting of 2 winners each receiving $50 in Gift Cards to the James Bay Inn Hotel Inn & Suites & Cottages.

2. Two categories of winners will be announced:

a. 1 prize of a $50 Gift Card given to a fan of the Pacific Coast Health Services Facebook page.

b. 1 prize of a $50 Gift Card given to an employee, former employee or contractor of Pacific Coast Health Services.

3. Gift cards can be used in the Art Deco Cafe/Restaurant or at the James Bay Inn Pub.

4. Gift Cards cannot be used for accommodations at the James Bay Inn


How to enter:

1. Like the Pacific Coast Health Services Facebook and/or Instagram page. (1 entry for each)

2. Like the contest post on Pacific Coast Health Services Facebook and/or Instagram Page page. (1 entry for each)

3. Answer the question: "What is your fav holiday tradition" on our Facebook page and/or Instagram page (1 entry for each)

4. Bonus entries for Liking the James Bay Inn Hotel or James Bay Inn Pub Facebook or Instagram page. (1 entry for each)

5. Odds of winning are dependant on the number of total entries.

6. The total possible entries are 8.


General Information

1. This contest is no way provided, endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or Instagram.

2. Contest winners are electronically selected.

3. Contest winners must reside in the Greater Victoria Region

4. Prizes must be picked up at Pacific Coast Health Care Services' Office located at 2631 B Douglas St, Victoria BC.

5. No purchase necessary.

6. Prizes are as awarded, no substitutions allowed.

7. Contest ends December 30th, 2019.


Happy Holidays!