Stop picking your nose


PARIS — Parents exasperated by their children constantly ignoring pleas to stop picking their noses, may have finally found an argument to break the habit: It might give you pneumonia.

Pneumococcus, the bacteria that causes pneumonia — a lung condition that can prove deadly if untreated — is known to spread through airborne droplets, often from the coughs and sneezes of infected individuals.

British scientists said Thursday they had proved for the first time that the disease-causing bacteria can be transmitted manually via the nose and hands.

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