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“Germy” Secrets Revealed and Other Fun, Icky Facts about this Cold and Flu Season

Kelly McGlumphy

3/5/2015


By Kelly McGlumphy


Public Relations Senior Manager, GOJO Industries

If you are anything like me, you love a great fun fact. A tidbit of information you can share by starting with the phrase, “Did you know?” And, even though winter is nearing its end (hopefully), I wanted to share with you some interesting, icky and fun facts we uncovered through a recent study we commissioned with Wakefield Research.

Earlier this year, we surveyed 1,000 adults and asked them a variety of questions about hand hygiene and cold and flu season, and here are some of the facts that really stood out.

  • Did you know that 57% of Americans engage in “icky” habits, which include not washing their hands after sneezing or using the restroom?
  • Did you know that out of those who haven’t gotten sick this season, the majority of them, nearly 67%, say that hand hygiene is the reason why?
  • Did you know that 60% of those surveyed have witnessed a coworker sneezing without a tissue?

While these facts may tell a lot about human behavior, especially during cold and flu season, one item that stands out is the important role hand hygiene plays in preventing the spread of illness-causing germs and reducing the risk of illness.

In order to reduce the spread of those illness-causing germs, it is important to remember to practice hand hygiene at key moments, which include:

  • Before and after preparing food;
  • Before eating;
  • Before and after caring for someone that is sick or around someone who is ill;
  • After using the bathroom;
  • After sneezing or coughing; and
  • After touching anything that is in a high-traffic area that may have been touched by many different hands, such as the grocery cart handle, a phone or a handrail.  

To learn more about this survey, check out this infographic, which provides all of the fun, and maybe some icky, details.

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