There is a lot of that going around. The state of Oregon is at a record high for flu diagnoses! Here are some rules of the fungal jungle:
Always carry tissues, because you may not sneeze into or blow your nose on your napkin at the table. Can't remember to carry tissues? Leave yourself a reminder on your cell phone.
If you are at a table with food and you have to sneeze or cough, try to get up and walk away (or dive) from the table. Sometimes there is not time -- it just sneaks up on you and wham! There it is. In that case, try to sneeze or cough down, away from the table, away from the food and into your tissue. (Some will say, "Sneeze into your elbow," but if you are wedged in with people on either side, you might miss and hit your neighbor. And if you have ever been on the receiving end of that, it's hard not to scream.)
In any case, excuse yourself from the table and go wash your hands (in the restroom, not the kitchen or wet bar sink.) If the sneezing or coughing continues, you may have to excuse yourself from the meeting, party or event.
Not all who are sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose is viral. Some people have food allergies or sensitivities to dusty or dry conditions. The polite thing to do when someone sneezes, is to not recoil in horror.
Stay healthy. stay warm, the worst is almost behind us!
Tip provided by: Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.cultureandmanners.com/