Since the devastating 'flu pandemic Dr Grumble has been dutifully sneezing into his elbow and washing his hands frequently. His suit elbows are now in quite a state but that is the price you have to pay for halting the spread of disease. But now Dr G has learnt that there is actually no evidence that washing your hands prevents the spread of flu. So what about sneezing into your elbow? Is there any evidence for that? Because Dr Grumble is thinking of buying a new suit and he would prefer not to have his dried-up nasal discharge coating the elbows.
Who was it that thought up the idea of sneezing into your elbow? What is the evidence base? How much money has been spent on spreading this mantra? Does anybody out there know? Can you believe that there is a sneezeintoelbow.com web site?
02 January 2010