It’s that time of year again when every second person at work has a cold, every time you get on the bus someone sneezes on you and everywhere you look at home there’s a used tissue. In other words it’s possibly the most disgusting time of the year. But just what are the nation’s grossest cold and flu sins, how many are you guilty of and do any of them actually make you ill in the long run?
Well according to new research, anything to do with sneezing, sniffing, used tissues and coughing fits are likely to make us grimace and turn in the other direction.
Topping the list of the most inconsiderate or revolting winter habits is commuters sneezing on public transport without covering their mouth or using a tissue followed by people coughing without covering their mouththen hocking up phlegm.
So how many of us actually are actually guilty of these acts?
The survey by Dettol showed that, one in five admitted to using something other than a tissue to wipe their nose after sneezing, a third sneeze into their hands and don’t then wash them and 1 in ten people use the backs of hands or a sleeve to wipe their nose! Best not think where those hands may then go - into the fruit bowl, the office biscuit tin or even onto your child's face?
And did you know flu viruses can live on surfaces for up to two days?
More than 1 in 4 of people admit they leave used tissues on surfaces, allowing germs to fester on places like the kitchen table. With this in mind, only 1 in 5 people claiming they keep their home and work surfaces clean and sanitised as a prevention method used from getting cold and flu. Whilst a third suggested they simply avoid those who are ill.
Surprisingly, men have the better tissue etiquette over women!! They are twice as likely to throw tissues away straight after use. Whilst 1 in ten of women admitted to pocketing or putting tissues in their bag once using them and only throwing them away when they remembered.