Fact check: No, sneezes don’t cause temporary death

Sneeze expels air from the lungs and mouth, which is also a cause of death.

The idea that sneezing causes temporary death is an old misconception. The theory states that when you sneeze, the force of the air being pushed through your head temporarily pushes oxygen out of your lungs and brain which can result in a loss of consciousness or even death.

Sneezes don't cause temporary death

Sneezes do not cause temporary death because they expel air from the lungs and mouth simultaneously.

The claim: Every time you sneeze, you die for a second

By my calculations, the average person is left with three seconds before they start to decompose. Three seconds of death is nowhere enough time for your brain to process your environment and react in real time, which means there’s no way you could protect yourself from an attack or put up a fight if someone were trying to rob you. It would be easier than ever for someone who wants you dead and can wait until just before they attack to hold.

What happens when you sneeze?

A sneeze is a sudden, rapid inhalation or exhalation accompanied by a clear “sneezing” sound. The sound may range from a high-pitched whistle to a low roar. There is often a strong smell with sneezing.

As the person breathes out, the back of the throat generates pressure which then forces out air through an open somewhere in the nose with that initial blast of air as

Sneezing may serve several purposes: to inform others that one has a cold or other upper respiratory illness; that one is allergic to an airborne substance and is reacting; and as a method of promoting nasal secretion.