Germ Alert

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

Kelly McGlumphy


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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