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Cold and Flu Symptoms at Work

A new survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Robitussin found that while consumers are aware of sick etiquette, they have some work to do when it comes to proving it.1



67% of Americans say “bless you” when someone sneezes, but when it comes to sick etiquette... Only 54% of Americans said they take extra measures to be sanitary when sick.

Although 66% of Americans say they are aware of their germs when they are sick, 65% of employed Americans said they still go to work when they have a cold.

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43% of Americans admitted to using their hands to cover their mouth instead of the crook of their arm when they cough or sneeze, and only 36% said they always wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.

Quotation marksAlthough 66% of Americans say they are aware of their germs when they are sick, 65% of employed Americans said they still go to work when they have a cold.Quotation marks


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Women (65%) are more likely than men (51%) to take precautionary hygiene measures such as sanitizing hands when they are around a visibly sick person, but when it comes to their kids, that’s a different story.

Dads (78%) are more likely than moms (69%) to keep their children home from school when they have a cold.

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17% of parents say their kids don’t cover their mouths at all when coughing or sneezing, though 43% of parents have had their children tell them to cover their own mouth when coughing or sneezing.

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  1. Survey MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Robitussin from August 15-17, 2016 among 2,025 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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