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Cough Etiquette and Why Masks are Here to Stay

Mikaela Millan


August 13, 2021
CoughPro is not a medical product. It is a wellness app intended only for users to obtain a better understanding of their cough. It is not intended to diagnose, monitor, or treat any illness.

We at Hyfe, Inc., are a company devoted to working on tools to better understand the importance of cough. It is Hyfe’s intention in the future to seek regulatory approval for medical products that analyze cough in order that they may be used to diagnose, monitor, and facilitate better treatment of respiratory illnesses.

A woman putting her mask on while looking in the mirror

It’s been almost three years since COVID-19 changed life as we know it. Essentially, the pandemic halted social events, business meetings, and leisure activities. Moreover, everyone went into lockdown due to the virus’s deadly effects. Since then, doctors, scientists, and governments across the globe have been desperately trying to curb the spread of the disease through a combination of pharmacologic and non-medical interventions. However, as vaccination drives worldwide continue their life-saving mission, cough etiquette and masks will continue to play a crucial role in ending COVID-19.

Cough etiquette consists of behaviors to prevent the spread of infection. These behaviors are critical at a time when a previously harmless sniffle can now be a cause of anxiety and stress. With these simple measures, you can easily do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protect others from getting sick.

Cough etiquette we can observe:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue each time you cough or sneeze; if a tissue is unavailable, cough into your elbow.
  • Never cough into your hands or open-air as this can quickly spread the virus, especially if you touch other objects afterward.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. The soap molecules break down the virus’ membrane, effectively destroying it. 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 
  • If you are not feeling well, it would be best to stay home and rest. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

These measures, added to wearing a mask, can significantly decrease the chances of spreading COVID-19.

Masks Work

Masks used to be a symbol of the sick. You would usually only see those worn out in public by someone sick or by healthcare professionals at the hospital. Now, masks are a life-saving tool and a key component in breaking the chain of transmission of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Research supporting the efficacy of masks is abundant. For example, one study demonstrated fewer droplets transmitted when wearing a mask than without one (Anfinrud, Bax, & Bax, 2020). Another study explored the effects of government legislation on face-covering in public and found a significant decline in the daily COVID-19 growth rate after legislators enacted a mandate to wear masks (Lyu and Wehby, 2020). Another study also supported this finding that wearing masks is associated with lower per-capita mortality from COVID-19 (Leffler et al., 2020).

Overall, it is difficult to deny the efficacy of wearing masks in public in this time of the pandemic. Moreover, any contention about this is a product of a lack of knowledge or based on outdated information. For example, officials did not immediately recommend masks when the pandemic started because there was insufficient research supporting their use in public. By contrast, later studies show face coverings do positively impact curbing the spread of the disease).

How to properly wear your mask (World Health Organization, 2020):
1. Wash your hands before and after you wear your mask.
2. Ensure that the face mask completely covers your nose, mouth, and chin.  
3. Store your mask in a clean plastic bag when not in use. For disposal, wash your reusable cloth mask every day or dispose of a discardable surgical mask always in a trash can. 
4. Do not use masks with valves. 

Make Cough Etiquette and Mask Wearing a Habit

We cannot say how long the pandemic will last, but we can each do our part in curbing its spread. Observing cough etiquette and wearing your mask in public (or even indoors, if you are living with a person who is at risk of getting sick) can effectively prevent transmission of COVID-19 and preserve our respiratory health. As we navigate this new reality together, compassion and understanding will go a long way in ending the pandemic. We must all do our part, no matter how small or simple. 

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Based on our results in Google Play & App Store
  • Excellent, insightful
    By dust mite dan - Apr 7, 2023 - App Store
    This app is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and has provided me with useful information about my cough and disease patterns that have improved my overall health!

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    by Imtfx0019 — Dec 6, 2022 - App Store
    Impressed with how well it detected my coughs, even very slight ones.
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    by HBert Quach — Jan 22, 2023, - Google Play
    App is great at tracking cough when little ones are sick. I treat it as a early warning indicator before the cold gets back. Customer service is awesome, they actually respond to all my questions.
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  • Great Experience
    by Christi Hammock — Mar 7, 2023, - Google Play

    I had an issue logging into the new app but I contacted the support team and they were awesome in helping me figure out the issue. It turned out to be a technical issue which they resolved very quickly and I was kept in the loop on the status from start to finish. This app is really helpful when talking to my doctor too..
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  • Impressive app
    By KayakTina - Apr 7, 2023 - App Store
    "The app accurately is recording my coughs with excellent ways to review the results. I can add notes to help me identify patterns or have accurate information for my physicians. I’ve hoped for an app like this for years to help me accurately track the amount of coughing I’m doing"
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  • Accurate count of coughs
    by Beardonna — Mar 8, 2023 - App Store

    Just installed the app. Very accurate measuring coughs so far! Cannot wait to see how much coughing I do while sleeping. I'll have a better picture to discuss with my physician at my next visit.

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