H1N1 Prevention Lessons May Become Habits

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 6 (UPI) — Lessons learned to help prevent the spread of H1N1 — like sneezing into an elbow — may become habits, a U.S. survey indicates.

A national survey of more than U.S. 1,000 adult men and women, by Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., the maker of Zicam, indicates 95 percent say they took proactive steps to combat cold and flu, while 5 percent say they did nothing or would “wait it out.” Eighty percent say they sneeze and cough into their elbow, the survey found.

Sixty-two percent of survey participants report getting a cold at least once a year.

To prevent cold and flu, 85 percent say they do frequent hand washings; 46 percent say they avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth; 34 percent say they use liberal amounts of anti-bacterial gel and 26 percent say they frequently sterilize commonly used items in the home and office.

Fifty percent of the respondents say they felt they were most susceptible to catching a cold at work; 43 percent say at a shopping mall, theater or public venue; 42 percent from kids; and 31 percent say on a plane, train or other public transportation.

The online survey was conducted in February with a random sample of 1,017 men and women selected to closely match U.S. population demographics.

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