Let’s be clear. I am not a germaphobe. I don’t excessively clean my house, my car, or my children, but I am practical and try to avoid getting sick when I can. And no matter what time of year it is, there are always viruses and bacteria around that can give you a nasty infection, whether it’s the flu or strep throat or a stomach bug.
You may know that certain places harbor germs like the doorknobs of a public bathroom and someone’s dirty Kleenex, but there are lots of other places these critters can hide and survive more than 24 hours, just waiting to catch a ride on you!
- ATM machine buttons
- Elevator buttons
- Escalator handrails
- Airplane tray table
- Airplane catalogs and magazines
- Shopping cart handle
- Gas station nozzle
- Office coffee pot handle
- Office refrigerator door handle
- Office microwave door
- Office water cooler faucets
- Shared work station phone handle, keyboard, and mouse
Bottom line? Don’t work in an office, travel or shop! Just kidding, but you should be mindful of things that a lot of people touch on a daily basis.
Does that mean you should walk around wearing a mask and gloves? No. Just use common sense.
- Wash your hands frequently and keep hand sanitizer around so you can disinfect if you’ve touched something potentially contaminated, like someone else’s hand.
- If you share a work station, wipe it down with disinfectant wipes before you get settled.
- Wipe down the tray table on an airplane, and bring your own reading material so you don’t have to touch what’s tucked in that seat pocket in front of you.
- Use your elbow, a gloved finger, or your keys to push the buttons on an elevator or an ATM machine.
Here’s to staying healthy and germ free!
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