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Some Facts About Germs and Disease

  • Germs are most often spread by hands through person-to-person contact.
  • Germs can enter our bodies through the mouth, nose, eyes and breaks in the skin without our even knowing we've been infected.
  • Poor personal hygiene by foodhandlers is the second leading cause of foodborne illness.
  • Americans spend about $5 billion each year on their colds - about $3 billion on doctors' visits and $2 billion on treatments.
  • An estimated 60 million days of school and 50 million days of work are lost annually because of the common cold.
  • Some 5.5 million visits to doctors' offices each year are due to skin infections.
  • Germs can be transferred from inanimate surfaces to hands and vice-versa.
  • Some germs can live on dry surfaces (such as toys) for several hours and moist surfaces (like bathroom sinks) for up to three days.
  • Salmonella can survive freezing and can survive on dry surfaces for at least 24 hours.
  • The average kitchen dishcloth can contain 4 billion living germs.

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