November 2nd, 2009

How to cold-shoulder the flu, warmly

by Jacqueline Whitmore

cold shoulderThere’s a lot of media frenzy surrounding the H1N1 virus and I was happy to weigh in with my etiquette tips and opinions for this article written by Olivia Barker in today’s USA Today.


To shake or not to shake — that is the question gripping the swine-flu-wary. How to delicately deflect an outthrust hand? An incoming bear hug? How to hint to a subway seatmate that his convulsive cough is unsanitary and possibly unsafe?

Manners mavens Anna Post and Jacqueline Whitmore weigh in on dicey decorum during this season of H1N1. “I don’t think good etiquette means you get a cold (or the flu) to be polite,” Post says. “I think you can satisfy both” — civility and well-being.  Click here to read more.

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