Cold & Flu Facts
Illnesses such as colds, flu, stomach upsets, and headaches are the most common cause of short-term employee absences. This absenteeism disrupts work and school and costs employers billions of dollars each year. Get the full facts below.
7.7 sick days per employee per year
In the United States, illnesses keep people home from work for an average of 7.7 days per employee per year.
$226 billion – cost of health-related lost productivity
When illnesses cause absences, employers pay. Health-related lost productive time sets employers back almost $226 billion per year.
3-5 million cases of the flu each year
Globally, there are approximately 3-5 million cases of the flu every year. Those cases lead to deaths numbering between 250,000 and 500,000.
22 million school days lost to colds
According to the CDC, colds alone keep kids home from school for up to 22 million days each year. American adults battle 2 or 3 colds a year on average, costing up to $25 billion in total lost productivity.
The flu virus can survive on a surface for 2-8 hours
The importance of routine cleaning and disinfecting can not be overstated, as the influenza virus can survive for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface.
21% reduction of respiratory illnesses from hand-washing
Proper hand washing reduces respiratory illnesses by 21% in the general population. However, 95% of people do not wash their hands properly. One of the key steps of proper hand-washing is a 20-second vigorous scrub taking care to clean between the fingers and under the finger nails.
All facts sourced from ISSA guide, Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Cold and Flu.