Millennials more likely to go to work, gym, store while sick than older generations

Millennial's habits may help to spread the flu when they are sick. Tony Spitz has the details.

A recent survey shows a number of people leave the house while they are sick, potentially spreading germs everywhere they go.

CityMD – a network of urgent care centers – surveyed more than 1,800 Americans age 18 and older who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms about whether they leave the house when they are sick.

According to the survey, 76 percent of millennials, ages 18-34, leave home while they are sick, while only 56 percent of people 35 years old and older ventured from home.

So where are the germ-spreading millennials going? Well, basically all over.

The numbers show more than half of them go to the grocery store, a third visit friends and family and almost a quarter of them eat out at restaurants.

Next to millennials, 75 percent of parents of children under 18 admitted to leaving the house while they are sick.

Out of all the people surveyed, nearly 40 percent said they go to work while sick.

But the “germiest” place during flu season? The pharmacy, where 70 percent of Americans admit to going to while sick. 

CityMD’s survey also found that of all the people who admitted to going out, more than half of them do not use hand sanitizer after they sneeze or cough.

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