As we’re gearing up for cold and flu season, Chloraseptic®, the #1 sore throat relief brand surveyed 600 men and women between the ages of 18 and 54 to understand how Americans deal with the cough, cold and flu.
Top findings from the survey include:
Moms Have Their Hands Full
Moms reported feeling stress in higher numbers than men did. Why do moms experience more stress during cold and flu season? Because they are not only taking care of themselves, they are also taking care of other people. In fact, 89 percent of moms are “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to care for a family member or friend who is sick.
Sick Days? Not for Mom
When there is work to be done, women – especially moms – do not let cold symptoms get in their way. Men were more likely to let cold symptoms without a fever and sore throat keep them home from work. In fact, approximately 32 percent of moms surveyed said they can’t take sick days because there is no one to cover for them.
No Need to Risk It
Not wanting to leave getting sick to chance, Moms are much more likely than men to take preventative measures, such as hand washing (72 percent vs. 46 percent) and using hand sanitizer, (64 percent vs. 52 percent) to protect against cold and flu symptoms on the go.
Stop Symptoms Fast
When symptoms do emerge, moms act fast. 45 percent of moms treat cold symptoms immediately compared to only 33 percent of men. Moms surveyed also prefer using over-the-counter products (65 percent) or home remedies (45 percent) than going to the doctor (27 percent) or urgent care (22 percent).
Sick Man’s (And Woman’s) Best Friend
Sometimes quality time with a furry friend can help people feel better. The majority of both men and women report either cuddling with their pet or spending time with their pet to feel better.
Both Trust Tried and True
When they get sick, both men and women reach for remedies that are tried and true, noting trust as a key factor in continuing to use older medicines. The vast majority of people, 69 percent, said their flu medicines are similar to ones their parents and grandparents used, and nearly 77 percent said they were likely to trust old medicines over newer ones.