What’s the cost of a common cold


It’s Just A Cold

It seems like every day, one of your coworkers comes to work sick

Americans take great pride in not missing work; in fact, the average American worker only loses 4.1 days of work, out of which three relate to a family member’s illness or other reasons.

The Average American Worker Will Contract The Common Cold  3 To 4 Times Per Year

Did you know the common cold takes 7 to 10 days to run its course? Although people with a cold are the most contagious within the first 3 to 4 days after symptoms appear, you can still spread the virus for up to 3 weeks.

The Cost Of The Common Cold

Much more than the cost of a cup of tea.

The common cold takes a toll on productivity. When employees come to work with a cold, they report a drop in their productivity output, on average, of fifty to seventy-five percent. In loss productivity alone, this equates to over $992.00 per incident.

Effect Continues

Unfortunately, the drop in the employee productivity rate means other staff members have to pick up the slack as the job still has to be done; of course, this increases the teams’ stress levels and perpetuates the likelihood of errors.

It’s Just A Cold

The effect on productivity of a single cold working its way through your office.

Employees Affected

Days affected by the common cold

Lost productivity dollars

According to research studies, the common cold and flu equate to 22% of the losses associated with presenteeism. When all the costs of “It’s Just A Cold” are considered. The cost of a single cold tip the scales at over $1,576.85

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