Fully Sick Rapper Joins the Fight Against Poor Cough Etiquette
Tuesday 24 May, 2011: Experts are calling for Aussies to pay attention to their coughs this winter as new research from Bisolvon shows some people are still not certain about the difference between a chesty cough or a dry cough. This distinction has important implications for the way people manage their coughs.
The latest Bisolvon Cough
survey also found that all respondents thought correct cough etiquette was an
extremely or very important public health issue, yet only one in two respondents
were aware of the best practices for covering their cough and only 11% follow
the recommended action of coughing into their elbow1.
The results have been
released in the run up to winter as part of the “I hate people coughing on my head!”
social media campaign. Australia’s ‘Fully Sick Rapper’, who
became an overnight social media phenomenon after creating comedic raps whilst
locked in quarantine, has developed a rap song to help educate people about
cough etiquette and how to differentiate your cough. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UJQR6E56N4).
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Principal Advisor John Bell supports
the campaign and says many people don’t realise the importance of being able to
identify what type of cough they are suffering from.
“Being able to recognise
what type of cough you have can make all the difference to the way you treat
it. It’s very simple – if you don’t know your cough type, whether it is chesty
or dry, then there’s a chance you might treat it incorrectly and allow your
cough to get worse,” said Mr Bell.
“For a chesty cough,
where there is a build up of mucus in your chest – it is recommended that you
use a mucolytic treatment. This will help break down the mucus in your chest
and make it easier for you to cough up. For a dry, tickly cough – it is
recommended that you use a cough suppressant which will help stop the urge to
“The use of combination
products containing both cough suppressants and expectorants should be avoided.
For example a suppressant should never be used for a chesty cough as it will
prevent your body from getting rid of the build up of sticky mucus and will
According to the
research, 85 per cent of the respondents would continue to go to work or
socialise if they had a bad cough and 45 per cent of families would continue to
send their child to school with a serious cough1.
Mr Bell says many people
are unaware of how easily germs can spread in the winter months, especially on
trains, buses and other crowded areas.
“Cough etiquette is a
significant and worrying public health issue. It is alarming to see that most
people don’t know best practices for covering their coughs. Health authorities
recommend that people should cough into their sleeve or into a tissue, which is
then promptly discarded. Don’t cough into your hands – it will only spread
Research also shows that
59 per cent of people surveyed thought the sound of someone clearing mucus from
their chest was extremely unpleasant1, this
was 22 per cent higher than the number of people who found someone belching very
The social media
campaign, which helps to educate people on how to identify, manage and treat
their cough, will run from May to September 2011. The “I hate people coughing on my head!”
Facebook page and the Bisolvon website (www.bisolvon.com.au)
will provide helpful hints, guest articles, competition, polls, tips and facts
to help people manage their cough and adhere to correct cough
Multi media news release available -http://medianet.multimediarelease.com.au/bundles/efc46ca2-a02d-4ee2-93f8-232dc809da10
The campaign and the survey has been sponsored by Bisolvon for chesty and dry rough relief, available only from pharmacy
The results were derived from an online survey of 408 adults conducted by McCrindle Research.
- Fully Sick Rapper, Christiaan van Vuuren, became an internet celebrity in 2010 with his hospital-themed parody rap songs. The Sydneysider created the video raps while he was in quarantine in a Sydney hospital.
 Online survey conducted by McCrindle Research during 2011