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Survey Uncovers The Dirt on U.S. Hygiene Habits

May 5, 2008

Germs are prevalent everywhere, from the surfaces we touch to the hands we shake, making us susceptible to sickness all year. To expose Americans’ fears and the rituals they undertake to save themselves from getting sick, Vicks conducted a recent survey of more than 1,000 people nationwide to see what steps are taken to deal with germs.

“Germs are transferred when we touch something or someone and then touch our mouth, nose or eyes,” said Dr. Ronald W. Stout, medical director for Procter & Gamble’s Global Health & Wellbeing Business Unit. “This is true regardless of the season, so it is very important to maintain healthy habits and proper hygiene throughout the year to help prevent the spread of germs.”

Half of Americans surveyed (49%) confessed that they don’t wash their hands every time after sneezing into them, and men in particular are the main culprits, as 55% admit to walking around with germy hands from sneezing. And while 92% of people think others will get them sick with their germs, only nine percent believe they will get other people sick.

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