Cold and Flu Germs Are Rampant
As the world becomes more crowded and interconnected, pressure is mounting to find new ways to control the spread of illness that can take a costly toll. For schools and businesses, the threat becomes more onerous as expectations rise to do more to keep kids safe and in classrooms and adults productive in the workforce—all while budgets tighten.
The 2017-18 flu season—one of the deadliest in recent history, hitting children especially hard—showed how high the stakes have risen. Many schools closed for extensive cleaning to stop the spread of illness, trying to prevent the estimated 60 million school days lost each year due to cold and flu alone. Employers were short staffed, with lost productivity estimated at $15.4 billion—a $1 billion increase from the previous year.
The Impact of Germs:
- In the United States, up to 64.62M people get the flu each year.
- It cost a major university $4OoK to combat a norovirus outbreak.
- A single pro sports team lost $3.9M due to colds and flu.
- Each year, absenteeism costs employers an average of $225.86.