“Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases”

You’ve probably heard the phrase that “coughs and sneezes spread diseases.” It’s a phrase that has been widely used by many health organizations to spread the message that airborne viruses and bacteria are spread more easily through airborne droplets. I was curious as to where this phrase originated, and I found a series of videos from the 1940s created by the British National Health Service. Take a look…

This one is from 1943:

This one is from 1946:

This one is from 1947:

More recent ones include this one from the World Health Organization:

Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

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