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Social Media: Latest Flu Prevention Tool

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No doubt, this year’s flu season has been one of the worst we’ve seen in years — but feeling under the weather hasn’t prevented many of us from logging into Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

In fact, we visit them just as frequently, or more so — according to the results of a new survey.

The nationwide survey, which was sponsored by Clorox Co. and conducted by Ipsos, received responses from nearly 1,000 men and women aged 18-29.

What they found was that 83 percent of people admitted to using social media as a source of entertainment when they were feeling sick, while a little over 9 percent said they used it to gain sympathy from friends online.

Enhanced Flu Prevention Behaviors

The survey also found that those who saw posts related to the flu were more motivated to step up their flu prevention behaviors.

Nearly 65 percent said they washed their hands more frequently after hearing of a friend or family member’s illness via social media, while 55 percent said they were more likely to use disinfectant on germ hotspots.

Cleaning and Hygiene for Flu Prevention

Fortunately flu season is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down quite yet. Remember to follow these important cleaning and hygiene tips.

  • Wash your hands often with foaming hand soap and hot water
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with flu germs
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tisue when you cover or sneeze and toss it in the trash
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth
  • If you do get sick, avoid contact with others for at least 24 hours

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