THE FIRST TEACHER
As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in teaching your kids appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette.
PARTNER WITH US
We invite you to work with your childrens' teachers to help students learn to cough in their elbow, and avoid getting each other sick.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOME SCIENCEY STUFF:
Dangerous airborne diseases impact our society on both social and economic levels. Government agencies, Educational Institutions, and private institutions have taken steps to address major concerns, starting with cost-effective and simple methods.
In the most basic method, Doctors tell people to sneeze or cough into their elbow. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people cough into a tissue, elbow, or even a facemask to limit spreading germs. The CDC recommends these actions to reduce the number of germs traveling unhindered through the air.
Coughing and sneezing can propel infectious viruses from an infected person at extremely high velocities. In fact coughing and sneezing can produce almost 40,000 droplets at 100 m/s. Coughs and sneezes have a particularly high droplet concentration of deadly viruses such as H1N1, and pose a serious risk hazard for susceptible individuals. These viruses and germs can live for “a few minutes to up to 48 hours or more.” It has become very important to encourage people to cover their coughs.
According to the World Bank, a pandemic of airborne diseases such as the Severely Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), H1N1, or the avian flu can cost the global economy upwards of $800 billion dollars a year and cause “significant social and economic disruption”. In addition, at-risk people with threatened immune systems are very susceptible to airborne viruses and bacteria such as tuberculosis.
By following CDC’s (and World Health Organization’s) recommendation to “cover one’s cough,” the social and economic burden of airborne diseases could be lessened.
Because people often forget to simply “cover their cough”, they endanger the general population with dangerous and highly contagious airborne viruses. People, therefore, need something to remind them not to cough aimlessly into the air. They need to be reminded to cough in a specific place.
By coughing in a specific place, these viruses and germs will not fly freely or aimlessly through the air and ultimately reduce the risk of spreading disease.