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Debunking Flu Season Myths

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The sixth annual Staples Flu Survey uncovered several misconceptions when it comes to flu and illness prevention in the workplace.

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Debunking Flu Season Myths

  1. 1. Staples Sixth Annual Flu Survey 1 Debunking Myths
  2. 2. Staples Sixth Annual Flu Survey 2 Staples just completed its sixth annual Flu Survey. Here is what it revealed:
  3. 3. Staples survey reveals 3 The U.S. workforce knows a thing or two about the flu.
  4. 4. Staples survey reveals 4 90% know they can protect themselves from the flu by eating right and washing hands regularly.
  5. 5. Staples survey reveals 5 More than half know that flu viruses can live up to three days on a surface.
  6. 6. Staples survey reveals 6 And yet, misconceptions still prevail.
  7. 7. Debunking Flu Season Myths 7 The latest Staples Flu Survey debunks the following six myths:
  8. 8. MYTH #1 8 Nearly a third of respondents believe restrooms are the least clean rooms in an office building…
  9. 9. FACT 9 …but office breakrooms actually have the most bacteria.
  10. 10. MYTH #2 10 41% think door knobs and elevator buttons are the least clean items in the office…
  11. 11. FACT 11 …yet no office items are less clean than desktops and tables in common areas.
  12. 12. MYTH #3 12 Only 16% believe the most contagious place during flu season is the office, behind daycare, public transit and hospitals…
  13. 13. FACT 13 …but offices are more contagious than hospitals.
  14. 14. Debunking Flu Season Myths 14 And once in the office, U.S. workers don’t keep germs at bay.
  15. 15. MYTH #4 15 Respondents most typically sanitize their computer keyboards and their desks, and only 9% typically sanitize their mobile phones…
  16. 16. FACT 16 …even though mobile phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.
  17. 17. Debunking Flu Season Myths 17 And worse still – the higher up the chain you go, the larger the issue it becomes.
  18. 18. MYTH #5 18 Over three-quarters of respondents don’t think their boss would expect them to go into work once they caught the flu…
  19. 19. FACT 19 …yet only a quarter of business decision makers (BDMs) send their employees home every time they go to work sick.
  20. 20. MYTH #6 20 46% of respondents believe that entry-level employees are the ones most likely to go into the office when sick.
  21. 21. FACT 21 However, more BDMs than office workers go into the office with the flu because of pressure to be at work (54% to 45%).
  22. 22. 22 Don’t be a statistic. No matter where you work, or what your position is, stay protected during the flu season. Visit www.staplesadvantage.com/healthandwell ness or staples.com/fluprevention for more information.

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