Information about the coronavirus spreads almost faster than itself, finding people through social networks, digital billboards in the street and plasma in subway cars. Before the digital age, posters were a popular communication tool between officials and the general public, used for political and religious propaganda, cultural announcements, and news sources. Often, vivid images were designed to draw people's attention to their own health and accustom them to hygiene.
1 of 10 "Sneeze, but don't spray." Cover of the New York City Department of Health Weekly Newsletter, 1918 © NYC Municipal Library / Courtesy NYC Department of Records Don't Spit! Spitting spreads tuberculosis. " Irish Red Cross poster © fultoncountyhistorian.wordpress.com/ "How to Die Early, or Here's How to Get a Cold." Cleveland Medical Academy poster, 1940s © Wellcome Collection "Ahh … pchs. Catch the germs in your handkerchief. London, 1946 © Wellcome Collection Don't Pick It Up. A lace scarf with the initials VD (veneral disease) hints at prostitutes. The poster was created by the US Army Sex Education Program © Wellcome Collection “One of them had polio. Recovery was ensured by qualified teamwork "© 2020 Alexander Matter" Don't spread disease by licking your fingers "," Irresponsible sneezing! Use a handkerchief, save food for your health. " New Zealand Department of Health posters, 1950s © flickr / Archives New Zealand Left: Poster for rural people affected by cholera, China, 1955. Right: "Killing Malaria with Spraying", India, 1960s © twitter / doctorow
In the USSR, the sanitary and epidemiological services carried out active campaigning. Special teams traveled around the country, organizing mobile lectures and exhibitions for the prevention of diseases. The poster served as a visual aid during periods of epidemics.
1 of 5 Pioneer fireworks on the poster of the Union of Simplified Greetings Posters based on the slogans of Vladimir Mayakovsky Guide to health education, 1932 © Collection of P. Kamenchenko Poster about Koch's bacillus, provoking tuberculosis Posters about complications after influenza
The coronavirus pandemic spurs the imagination of contemporary artists locked in self-isolation. They create works not only on the topic of health, but also, for example, on false information.
Spanish design studio Velkro has released posters exposing popular coronavirus myths, linking to the World Health Organization website:
1 of 6 “Garlic will help with social distancing, but won't stop the coronavirus. Find hard facts about COVID-19 at who.int/covid-19 "© Velkro Studio" Chlorine will make you feel like you were in the pool, but won't stop the coronavirus "© Velkro Studio will stop the coronavirus "© Velkro Studio" A hot bath is great for relaxation, but will not stop the coronavirus "© Velkro Studio" 5G technology can transmit messages of love, but cannot transmit coronavirus "© Velkro Studio" Funny cats can make your video go viral, but not can transmit coronavirus "© Velkro Studio
Graphic designer Mohamed Azlif, who lives in the Maldives, also spoke on the current topic:
1 of 5 “Panic. Calmness. Stay informed.”© talenthouse.com/azlif-mohamed“Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Sing the song "Happy Birthday to you" from start to finish twice.”© talenthouse.com/azlif-mohamed“Social distancing. Maintain a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m) every time you are in public.”© talenthouse.com/azlif-mohamed
Northern California illustrator Jennifer Baer has created the posters with a retro look. She was inspired by photographs of friends dismissing the recommendation to stay at home:
1 of 3 “Visit your houseplant” © instagram.com/baerinthewild “Take a trip in your own bathroom” © instagram.com/baerinthewild “Surf the couch” © instagram.com/baerinthewild
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