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I’m teaching an on-line bioinformatics course this semester for Austin Community College. They are in Texas of course, but I am in Seattle. This presents a few interesting challenges and some minor moments of amusement.

Today, the school sent all the faculty emails telling us to stay home if we’re sick.

Got it. If I think I have flu, I will not fly to Texas.

Instead, I’ll stay home and watch videos on coughing without contaminating others.

Watch “Why don’t we do it in our sleeves?” and find out how you rank on the safe coughing scale.


  1. #1 Erica Ruiz
    December 11, 2006

    After watching this little clip, I learned that coughing and sneezing in your sleeve is a good thing. The germs get trapped into the cloth and eventully die. I Would recommend this video clip to all the people I work with and go to school with because lots of people just turn around and sneez, they think its ok if they distance away from you when they do, but its obviously wronggggg!

  2. #2 KevinC
    December 12, 2006

    Great video. I am going to get my boss to show it in the Micro classes next year when we do the hand washing lab.


  3. #3 Ying-Tsu Loh
    December 12, 2006

    This is great!! I had my 7 year old watch it, I’m going to let my 3.5 year old watch it. Do you think it’s appropriate for preschool? This is definitely one to pass around….Ahhhhh-ahhhh-choooo!

  4. #4 johnb
    April 30, 2009

    At last, vindication! I’ve been doing it right all along!

  5. #5 Kaleena
    April 30, 2009


    That made me smile!

  6. #6 jean-paul
    May 1, 2009

    Hey, those little colored germs at the beginning of the video were really cute!!!
    Anyway, thanks, that was great information.

  7. #7 Rebecca
    November 16, 2009

    I loved the video clip! But it is gone. I wanted to use it for my influenza lecture for my clinic doctors then for the 300 or so staff members,but it is gone. Where can I find it?

  8. #8 Sandra Porter
    November 17, 2009

    I googled the title, but it looks like the people who made it took it down and are now selling it. 🙁

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