As cold season looms in the near future, this 1947 video prescribes several keys to living a healthy, cold-free, lifestyle. In the educational film, Joan Avoids a Cold, the narrator teaches young children the best preventative methods for avoiding sickness, but just how much of the video’s advice has stood up against the test of time (and science)?
To assess the veracity of some of the video's claims, we asked one of our senior editors on the health channel, James Hamblin, a series of questions based on the narrator's comments from the film.
“She will need her snowsuit if she wishes to keep well for the Dutch festival.”
Rosenfeld: Will the cold give me a cold? And what the heck is a “Dutch Festival?”
Hamblin: Being cold will not give you a cold. A Dutch festival is a celebration of the traditions, foods and crafts of Dutch culture.
“That is a wise no thank you George, never share another’s food.”
Year round advice? Or case specific?
Eh, well disease can spread through saliva and respiratory secretions, but also don’t let food go to waste, so either way we lose.
“Father has taught Joan to spit into the toilet, for spitting spreads disease.”
This seems weird?
Spitting does spread disease. But I don’t know why she is spitting. Just don’t spit anywhere ever.