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.