Germiest places to avoid during flu season …
(Paige McAtee, Patch) Three out of four adults with the flu leave their house, taking their contagious germs with them, data shows. Here’s where they go.
Germaphobes beware: a new survey shows three out of four adults leave their house when showing flu or flu-like symptoms, putting other people at risk.
Harris Poll on behalf of CityMD surveyed more than 1,800 Americans ages 18 and older who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms to reach these results.
“The fact that many people with the flu or flu-like symptoms are leaving home to go to the store, work or the ATM and are not taking precautions is creating environments that can infect others and spread what is a very underestimated disease,” Dr. David Shih, executive vice president of strategy, health and innovation at CityMD, said in a press release.
According to the survey, those suffering from the flu were most likely to go to the following places:
- Drugstore/pharmacy – 69 percent
- Grocery store – 43 percent
- Workplace – 39 percent
- Friend/family member’s house – 20 percent
- Restaurant/deli – 16 percent
- ATM – 14 percent
- Public transportation – 10 percent
- Gym – 8 percent
- School/daycare – 7 percent
- Party – 5 percent
The biggest offenders of dragging their germs all over town are parents and millennials, CityMD says.
About 75 percent of parents with children under 18 have left the house the last time they felt sick.
Additionally, the survey says about 76 percent of millennials (ages 18 to 34) left the house the last time they felt sick, compared to 56 percent of people age 35 and older. READ THE FULL STORY AT PATCH.COM. Also of interest: No, CDC didn’t just ‘admit’ that the flu vaccine doesn’t work