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Why Don't We Do It In Our Sleeves?

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    (male narrator)
    Please take this opportunity
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    to adjust the volume
    on your television set.
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    [man inhales sharply]
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    [coughs twice]
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    (male narrator)
    Millions of disease-causing germs
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    [sound of sneeze in background]
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    are launched into the atmosphere
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    every time someone coughs or sneezes.
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    It is customary
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    to cough and sneeze into one's hands,
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    supposedly to prevent
    the spread of germs.
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    But germs get onto the cougher's hands,
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    and are spread to telephones
    and doorknobs,
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    and from there they are spread
    to other people's hands
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    and mouths
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    and who knows where else.
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    The best place to cough is into fabric,
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    such as one's sleeve, [cough, cough]
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    [squeaky sounds]
    where germs are trapped
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    while they desiccate and die.
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    But people in polite society
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    do not cough into their sleeves.
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    [woman sneezing]
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    Such behavior is frowned upon.
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    The purpose of this video
    [woman sneezing]
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    is to make coughing into one's sleeve fashionable,
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    and even patriotic.
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    It's the right thing, the polite thing to do.
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    You will now see four excellent,
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    slightly different coughing techniques
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    executed first into the right sleeve
    and then into the left.
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    [man coughs repeatedly]
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    The technique will vary
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    depending on your dimensions,
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    the flexibility of your joints,
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    whether you are wearing long
    or short sleeves,
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    and your ability to cough at an angle.
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    Notice the slight change of position
    during a sneeze,
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    [man sneezes]
    A-choo!
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    with the nose a little lower.
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    You will now see a series
    of coughs and sneezes
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    performed by random subjects.
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    Their coughs will be judged
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    by our panel of three
    infectious disease experts:
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    Dr. Graham Stain,
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    Dr. Blood Hagar,
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    and Dr. Polly Morf.
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    First, the coughs.
    [woman coughs]
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    (female judge)
    That would be a four.
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    (male judge 1)
    That's a three.
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    (male judge 2)
    3.4
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    (male judge 1)
    It was way too close to the hands.
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    (female judge)
    The left hand was needlessly contaminated.
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    [man coughs]
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    (male judge 1)
    Ten, perfect!
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    (female judge)
    Nine, great!
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    (male judge 1)
    Hand on opposite shoulder
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    creates a mask at the elbow.
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    (female judge)
    And no qualms about messing up his beautiful suit.
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    (male judge 2)
    9.9, that's ideal.
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    [man coughs]
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    (male judge 2)
    4.7
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    (female judge)
    Five.
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    (male judge 1)
    Four.
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    (male judge 2)
    He should cough into his bicep.
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    (female judge)
    The elbow's a bad target
    for people with long arms.
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    (male judge 1)
    Way too leaky at the elbow.
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    [woman coughs]
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    (female judge)
    Eight, easy, practical.
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    (male judge 1)
    Eight, I like it.
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    (male judge 2)
    7.6, almost as good as the black suit guy.
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    [man coughs]
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    (female judge)
    Pathetic, zero!
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    (male judge 1)
    Awful, not fit for a health care field.
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    (male judge 2)
    Oh, jeez, what planet did he come from?
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    (male narrator)
    Now, the sneezers.
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    [man sneezes]
    A-choo!
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    (female judge)
    Two, he contaminated his hands!
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    (male judge 1)
    One.
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    (male judge 2)
    3.5
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    (male judge 1)
    Aw, yuck, why bother with the Kleenex?
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    (female judge)
    Why do they always smile
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    when they're finished?
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    [woman sneezes]
    A-choo!
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    (male judge 1)
    That's a one.
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    She should go and was her hands now.
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    (female judge)
    Two.
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    (male judge 2)
    Her right hand's more dangerous than her left.
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    [man sneezes]
    Ugh-a-choo.
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    (female judge)
    Five, his hands got hit.
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    (male judge 2)
    5.2, impractical.
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    (male judge 1)
    Four.
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    [girls sneeze in unison]
    A-a-ah-choo!
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    (male judge 1)
    Nine, wow!
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    Great germ entrapment.
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    (male judge 2)
    8.9, nearly perfect.
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    (female judge)
    Nine, great.!
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    But they messed up their hair.
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    (male judge 1)
    Who let him back in?
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    [man sneezes]
    A-choo!
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    (male judge 1)
    Get that guy out of here.
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    (female judge)
    Disgusting, yuck.
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    (male judge 2)
    He doesn't rate the time of day.
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    [woman sneezes]
    A-a-choo!
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    (female judge)
    A perfect 10!
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    What more can I say?
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    (male judge 2)
    9.9.
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    (male judge 1)
    Ten, awesome.
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    She's the one to imitate.
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    (male narrator)
    We must train ourselves
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    to cough into the nearest appropriate fabric,
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    which is usually a sleeve.
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    [woman coughs]
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    Most health care garments
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    lend themselves well to this technique.
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    Unfortunately,
    [woman coughs]
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    many street clothes do not.
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    [sizzling sound]
    Sssssssss.
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    [woman coughs]
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    To avoid messes,
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    we should formulate coughing strategies
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    for the clothes and accessories
    we are wearing each day.
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    [woman coughs]
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    (female speaker)
    Oh, I could have saved my shirt
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    if I did that the first time. [sighs]
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    (male narrator)
    Paper tissues are good cough recepticals
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    when they are placed
    over the mouth properly.
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    But using them usually
    results in hand contamination.
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    [woman coughs]
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    They should not be re-used.
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    Handkerchiefs suffer
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    from the same hand contamination
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    and re-use problems,
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    and they have the additional disadvantage
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    of poor accessibility.
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    [man sneezes]
    A-choo!
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    (female customer)
    Ew, eeeww!
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    (male narrator)
    From an infection control standpoint,
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    [woman coughs]
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    the perfect answer would be an armband
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    that could be changed after each use.
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    However, society is not yet ready
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    for such a radical change.
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    So, in keeping with the recommendations
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    of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
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    why don't we just do it in our sleeves?
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    [woman sneezes] A-choo!
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    (male narrator)
    It's the right thing,
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    it's the polite thing to do.
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    [rock group performing "Johnny B. Goode"]
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    (male narrator)
    And remember:
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    if you make a mistake and cough or sneeze
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    into your hands,
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    [man sneezes;
    rest of group articulates disgust]
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    Aw, man, come on!
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    (male narrator)
    Please, wash them immediately.
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    [water running]
Title:
Why Don't We Do It In Our Sleeves?
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Video Language:
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Duration:
05:14

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