One of the many slogans that have been circulated about during the Covid-19 crisis is: ‘we’re all in this together’. In an interesting take on this slogan see this article: WHEN SLOGANS DONT WORK
One of the fascinating things about the Coronavirus pandemic is watching Safety morph into epidemiology expertise. I would like a dollar for every flyer, presentation, podcast, powerpoint, checklist template, toolbox talk and poster set that had jumped into my inbox… Read the rest
One of the challenging things about the Coronavirus crisis is stasis. For those without work and confined to home, for those in self-isolation, it’s like life is frozen in time. ‘Stay at home’ is the mantra. The trouble is, in… Read the rest
One of the benefits of the Covid-19 epidemic is a total rethink about how we live and work (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-28/coronavirus-could-reshape-how-australians-work-forever/12097124 ). One of those things which desperately needs to be eradicated is the non-innovation of ‘hot desking’. I have written about… Read the rest
Special Guest Post by Mindful Millie Image source: https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/blaming-china-reveals-wests-weaknesses/ Like many families in the current environment, we are trying to support local businesses by choosing a takeaway meal from a different restaurant each week. Last Friday night the choice was… Read the rest
One of the lessons Safety continually doesn’t learn is that numerics, metrics and statistics desensitize people to caring. This is known as psychic numbing and has been well researched by Slovic and others (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283318445_The_More_Who_Die_the_Less_We_Care_Psychic_Numbing_and_Genocide ). At the moment our TVs and… Read the rest
Does anybody really believe this silly platitude that I spotted plastered all over our local McDonalds this morning? I’m not sure how many bugs are harbouring and multiplying behind them? Some thoughts from Linkedin: Keeping the restaurant clean and employees… Read the rest
We learned a few days ago just how much money can be made from a safety checklist. (Meet Australia’s newest unicorn SafetyCulture and Billion dollar milestone: SafetyCulture Australia’s newest unicorn ) If anyone ever doubted ‘the seduction of the box’… Read the rest
Guest post by Frank Garrett What are we mourning for? In our busy, noisy complicated world we don’t have time for such questions. But this current quarantine situation has provided time to ask, to wonder, what have we lost, what… Read the rest
One of the cornerstones of America’s fast food chains is temporarily stopping their famous slogan amid coronavirus fears. Kentucky Fried Chicken announced it is putting the brakes on their iconic “finger lickin’ good” slogan, which has been a part of the company since 1956, as coronavirus cases spread around the world.
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Recent health and safety slogans out of China: (Source)
When it comes to coronavirus, sometimes the tone is straightforward:
“Better to wear a mask than a ventilator; better to stay at home than in an ICU.”
Others are more dramatic:
“Those who gather together are shameless; those who play mahjong are daredevils.”
“Have a bite of a wild animal dish today, see you in hell tomorrow.”
“this year a house visit, next year a grave visit”
“Never ever go to grocery stores as long as you have a scallion at home.”
“Stay in and don’t wander around. You have AC, television and WiFi as your friends.”
More from here: https://www.shine.cn/opinion/2001310979/
“Whoever has a fever and yet did not report to the authorities are all enemies hidden amidst the masses” (发烧不说的人，都是潜伏在人民群众中的阶级敌人),
“Partygoers are shameless, mahjong players are desperados” (出来聚会的是无耻之辈，一起打麻将的是亡命之徒),
“Those who returned home from Hubei and yet did not report to the authorities are time bombs”
(湖北回来不报告的人都是定时炸弹), “Bite a bit of game food today, meet in the netherworld tomorrow” (今天沾一口野味，明天地府相会),
“Mask or respirator, you have to ponder and choose one out of the two” (口罩还是呼吸机，您老看着二选一) …
‘If you love your parents, lock them up!’ The story behind China’s bizarrely aggressive Covid slogans
China’s culture of catchy slogans has been vital to its Covid-19 recovery efforts. Shanghai resident Asen Velinov explains the rich history behind some of the bizarre slogans seen on social media.
“Pick where you will be resting – on your couch, in jail, in hospital or in an early grave.”
“Take a walk today and grass will soon cover your grave.”
“Take a bite of a wild animal today – find yourself in hell tomorrow.”
Slogans play a big role in China. The ones above are from Covid-19 banners seen across the country and shared on social media. They can be seen all over the world too, as the power of a soundbite is clear. A pithy short slogan often trumps a well-reasoned explanation if it paints a strong image and uses humour, absurdity or exaggeration to make a point. Here in China, we see them in front of churches and at rallies, hear them chanted by crowds and used by governments to sell messages and ideas. READ MORE >>>>>
The foreign ministry has rolled out a pigeon in a facemask to announce entry restrictions on foreigners with recent travel history to China, adopting the slogan “Virus OUT, Safety IN” and “To visit each other is to kill each other”
Respiratory Hygiene Posters from HSE – here: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/posters/
Cover your cough and sneeze comic strip
Clúdaigh do chasacht agus do shraoth – comic strip
Cover your cough and sneeze
Clúdaigh do chasacht agus do shraoth
Cover your cough and sneeze the right way
Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources
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COVID19 Security Slogans
Years ago I won the TSA competition for security slogans.
I’m not proud, especially because I didn’t enter it and nobody told me my slogan had won until an external investigator pointed out that someone borrowed it from my 2006 blog post and claimed the prize for themselves.
Anyway I’ve written a little here about the strange dearth of security slogans, a missed opportunity, during COVID-19.
Now I’m really getting curious why US officials are trying to encourage things like mask wearing, yet nobody has come up with basic jingles to promote it.
A quick search has only turned up a 1918 example from San Francisco.
Obey the laws, and wear the gauze. Protect your jaws from septic paws.
Seems applicable today. If I don’t find posters of this soon I may just start making them myself. With luck, someone at TSA will notice and then submit to their next competition as their own. READ MORE >>>>>>>
30th Mar 2020
Some 50 years ago, during the financial crisis of the ’70s, my dad’s best friend ran out of money, jeopardizing the future of his company and staff. Over dinner, he explained the situation to his bank manager. In less than two hours, the bank manager had made a decision, way outside his mandate, saving the business and its employees. What no one could know at the time was that the company would become one of Europe’s largest pharma companies, with close to 50,000 staff. They still use the same bank. READ MORE >>>>>>>
Chiquita, Mucinex and Coca-Cola have created branded PSAs
Chiquita posted a version of its iconic logo on social media without Miss Chiquita, who was “already home.”
As governments around the world struggle to convince their citizens to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus, brands are stepping up to help. READ MORE >>>>>>>
Old Slogans Reborn
A London-based creative team has revived some of the UK’s most famous and catchy World War 1 and World War 2 slogans to help in the new global battle against the spread of Covid-19.
From the famous WW1 recruitment poster ‘Lord Kitchener Wants You’ to the superlative piece of of guilt tripping ‘Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?’ these slogans and images are familiar parts of wartime imagery in the UK. James Hodson and Jason Keet are a creative duo who work at Engine and they were inspired to revisit those classic posters while watching Prime Minister Boris Johnson announce a UK-wide lockdown in response to the growing coronavirus infection rates in the country.
“We were sitting at home watching Boris’s speech telling people to stay in. It felt like a wartime public announcement. So we had the idea of using wartime posters. Then we wrote the lines and designed the posters overnight, and posted them the next day,” they say. see them here : https://www.lbbonline.com/news/retro-wartime-slogans-get-a-coronavirus-update