GERM FACTS

What Do Deadly Germs and Viruses Do?

Once deadly germs and viruses invade our bodies, they snuggle in for a long stay. They gobble up nutrients and energy, and can produce toxins (say: TOK-sinz), which are proteins that act like poisons. Those toxins can cause symptoms of common infections, like fevers, sniffles, rashes, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea.

 

U.S. Workforce Illness Costs $576B Annually From Sick Days To Workers.

The Integrated Benefits Institute, which represents major U.S. employers and business coalitions, says poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year, according to new research. Of that amount, 39 percent, or $227 billion is from “lost productivity” from employee absenteeism due to illness or what researchers called “presenteeism,” when employees report to work but illness keeps them from performing at their best.

 

Deadly Germs and Viruses Are Spreading!

  • There are many types of germs (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi) that cause many types of illnesses - including the common cold or flu, foodborne illness, Lyme disease, hantavirus, or plague. These deadly germs and viruses can spread easily from one person to another - and have wide-reaching effects.

  • One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their noses or eyes after touching something that's contaminated with the cold virus (rhinovirus).

 

Nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold.

More than two-thirds (32 million) of school-aged children (aged 5-17 years) in the United States missed school in the past 12 months due to illness or injury. 52.2 million cases of the common cold affect Americans under age 17 each year. About 10 million U.S. adults (ages 18 - 69) were unable to work due to health problems.

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