This year’s flu season is one for the history books thanks to tough-to-fight flu virus strains, such as the elusive H3N2. While this season’s flu vaccination is reportedly only 30% effective it is still highly recommended by the CDC for lessening the severity of symptoms.
Bradley’s just-released annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey found that this flu season is causing trepidation among a majority of Americans: 57% of respondents are “extremely” or “quite” concerned about contracting it.
Interestingly, 34% of those in the southern states of the U.S. are “extremely concerned” about catching the flu compared to 23% who feel that way in the Northern, Midwest or Western states.
The good news is that coast to coast, a high number of Americans take deliberate actions to avoid getting or spreading germs that make people sick.
According to Bradley’s survey:
They step up hand washing. Ask any health expert, and they’ll tell you washing hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to keep healthy. Americans are listening, as 65% report they suds up more frequently, more thoroughly or longer when they hear about a flu virus going around.
As for the germiest encounters that send us straight to a sink to wash hands?
- handling a sick child
- changing a diaper
- using a shopping cart
- visiting a doctor’s office
They skip the hand shake. When ill, half of Americans bypass hand-shaking while half rely on hand-waving instead. Fist bumps, air kisses and high-fives also made the list.
They wipe down surfaces. When there are colds and flu around, over 40% of Americans wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces, and wash sheets or towels. About one-third wipe faucet, door and appliance handles, TV remotes and light switches.
They increase TLC. To avoid getting colds and flus, more than half increase their fluid intake, while about 40% take Vitamin C, get more sleep, and try to stay home as much as possible.
For more information on how to protect yourself this cold and flu season, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
Check out Bradley’s Healthy Hand Washing Survey: https://www.bradleycorp.com/handwashing