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Old 26.01.2011, 11:24
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:25
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Re: Cough rage

Nah, I dont think its a cultural thing. Its natural for people to shun away from you if you're having a coughing fit. They instinctively just not want to get affected with what you're having and affect their everyday life. I personally will move too!

During the SARS period in Asia about 8 years ago, there was wide-spread panic in public. Everyone had to go round in a mask and woe betide anyone with a cough.

To cough back like what that woman did however, is just childish - not to mention, mental. Funny though. I would have burst out laughing.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:29
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Re: Cough rage

I don't really see the difference between you're hand and your elbow. Sure you use your hand more, but assuming you cough into your jacket (albeit in the crook of your arm) you're still gonna get some transfer of germs. The only good way is to wear a helmet or a facemask ala japanese people. But I find that conflicts with my social agenda

Lets just embrace germs people. Doesn't matter if you use your hand or elbow area, they'll find you. And what better way to build immunity eh?
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:30
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Re: Cough rage

It wasn't a coughing fit, it was one cough every few minutes. When I've had a coughing fit in a public place, I generally have found people to be sympathetic. Of course, I keep my head down at such times.

The idea of coughing into your elbow is that the products are caught by the material of whatever you're wearing, which is inimicable to germ life. Also, the inner part of your elbow rarely comes into contact with door handles etc., so the spread is reduced.

But yes - germs are part of life (and death). Live (or die) with it. Most colds are spread by hand to hand contact, not airborne (unlike 'flu). Shops are great vectors, as the germs get passed on the cash.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:32
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Lets just embrace germs people.
If someone you're hugging just coughed into their elbow, that exactly what you will be doing.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:33
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If someone you're hugging just coughed into their elbow, that exactly what you will be doing.
I'm English. We don't touch, never mind hug.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:34
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Re: Cough rage

I must admit, if I was that bloke, after the woman coughed in my face deliberating, I would have done the same thing back to her. There's no excuse for that kind of rudeness, and anyone who treats another person like that completely deserves to be treated the same way.

I usually keep a hanky in my pocket when I have a cold, specifically for my coughs/sneezes. That way, if I instinctively go to raise my hand to my mouth rather than the crook of my elbow (I must admit, I've always coughed into my hand since I was a child), at least I'm coughing into a tissue rather than my bare hand. But I do try to use the crook of my elbow if possible.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:40
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Re: Cough rage

Another one of those recycled topics, but yes, here in CH, if I cough in the train, even just clear my throat, evil stares abound. Let's not get into sneezing. If I get such an unsocial and idiotic response, I perform same act without covering my mouth/nose.
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:42
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The idea of coughing into your elbow is that the products are caught by the material of whatever you're wearing, which is inimicable to germ life.
So is it ok, as long as I'm wearing gloves, to cough into my hand?
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:45
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I must admit, if I was that bloke, after the woman coughed in my face deliberating, I would have done the same thing back to her. There's no excuse for that kind of rudeness, and anyone who treats another person like that completely deserves to be treated the same way.

I usually keep a hanky in my pocket when I have a cold, specifically for my coughs/sneezes. That way, if I instinctively go to raise my hand to my mouth rather than the crook of my elbow (I must admit, I've always coughed into my hand since I was a child), at least I'm coughing into a tissue rather than my bare hand. But I do try to use the crook of my elbow if possible.
It is the same result. Because you will touch your tissue again and sprayed the germs in your hands... Look at the video I posted!
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Old 26.01.2011, 11:49
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If someone would cough on me , I would do my best to fart on him!
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Old 26.01.2011, 12:06
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It is the same result. Because you will touch your tissue again and sprayed the germs in your hands... Look at the video I posted!
Not if you keep a hold of the hanky in the same way all the time (as I do). It means you cough into the same side every time.

Anyway, I agree with whoever said it before, people are far too concerned with a few germs. Soon enough the human race is going to be dying of colds and the suchlike because everybody's obsessed with avoiding getting the sniffles. I always hear people hacking and coughing on the bus, doesn't bother me that there are germs floating around in the air.
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Re: Cough rage

Nil, I appreciate what you are saying but you dont have to give me a lesson in hygiene but I think the word paranoia springs to mind...we must pick up so many germs throughout the day from sources that we dont really consider. This all seems abit far fetched discussing how to cough in an acceptable manner. If required I will stay off work until my cough has gone (approx 3 weeks)...somehow I feel my employer would rather I was at work than coughing into my elbow in my bed....but if that is what is required
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Here is a video to teach you something Johnny.
Well ok, CDC, probably good advice, I now retort with, 'If they be like to die they should hurry up and do so, thus decreasing the surplus population'
I think such public information films would have been thought of as over kill pre-swine flu, but I guess some mass flu-like pandemic is how mankind is inevitably going to meet its demise, or religion fuelled nuclear holocaust.

What about coughing while wearing burkas? Another great use for this highly fashionable clothing item.
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During the SARS period in Asia about 8 years ago, there was wide-spread panic in public. Everyone had to go round in a mask and woe betide anyone with a cough.
There is a big difference between SARS and influenza in general versus a dose of the common cold and whether wearing a cheap facial mask does any good is debatable (although I suppose it can't hurt). But from my (possibly limited) travel experience through Asia masks have been pretty popular for years and are still used a lot regardless of alert levels.

I think all the people who are worried about catching stuff should stay at home and the rest of us who are infected, carriers or foolhardy should be the only ones on the tram risking our health. That would suit me fine.
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Old 26.01.2011, 12:45
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There is a big difference between SARS and influenza in general versus a dose of the common cold and whether wearing a cheap facial mask does any good is debatable (although I suppose it can't hurt). But from my (possibly limited) travel experience through Asia masks have been pretty popular for years and are still used a lot regardless of alert levels.

I think all the people who are worried about catching stuff should stay at home and the rest of us who are infected, carriers or foolhardy should be the only ones on the tram risking our health. That would suit me fine.
Was only popular in North Asia - like Japan and S.Korea - and the main purpose was pollution.

False sense of security I say.
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Old 26.01.2011, 13:04
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I think all the people who are worried about catching stuff should stay at home and the rest of us who are infected, carriers or foolhardy should be the only ones on the tram risking our health. That would suit me fine.
Great idea, you mean, "chuck a healthy" rather than "chuck a sickie" and only work when we are sick?

I'll mention it to my boss, but TBH, I'm not hopeful.
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Re: Cough rage

My very first day in Switzerland, I walked through the perfume section of a department store looking for deodorant. The perfume irritated my nose.

Since I felt a sneeze coming, I took a large handkerchief out of my purse and completely covered my nose and mouth before I sneezed. Didn’t matter. An elderly man near me became very agitated and started lecturing me, loudly. He kept walking away, then would turn to rant some more.

Sadly, I hadn’t gotten to the part on the Pimsleaur langauge tapes where they teach you to say.. “It’s only allergies!!!”
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Old 26.01.2011, 13:42
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Re: Cough rage

When I can feel a sneeze or a cough is on its way while on the train, I always pick up one of those free news papers laying around, open it up and do my business......well....not that business...the sneezing/coughing thing.

After I am done, I fold the news paper and put it back.......
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