- 72 = the number of hours cold and flu germs can survive on common surfaces
- 300 = the number of surfaces a child can touch and retouch in 30 minutes
- 10,000 = the number of bacteria in a sneeze
- 189 million = the number of school days lost every year to the common cold
How You Can Stop the Spread
Your number one defense against the spread of germs is maintaining a healthy lifestyle - eating a well-balanced diet, participating in regular physical activity, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep.
Other Helpful Habits
- Wash your hands often, with soap, for at least 30 seconds
- Stay home if you’re sick and keep your kids home when they’re sick
- Don’t share drinks, food, clothing, or school supplies
- Disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces, including toys, doorknobs, faucets, countertops, remote controls, and telephones
- Keep disinfecting wipes, hand soap, and tissues readily available
- Have annual physicals and recommended immunizations
Hints, Tips & Tricks
Have fun while learning about disease prevention! Teachers, parents, and kids alike will enjoy our library of games, activities, and coloring pages.