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12 Germy Places to Avoid and 4 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself
Mar 10th, 2014 Headlines

Let’s be clear. I am not a germaphobe. I don’t excessively clean my house, capsule my car, more about 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!

Here are some of the germiest places around:httpwww.flickr.comphotosredspotted272113inphotolist-2oTB-2oTy-2oTs-fnQCfo-cE7hN

    1. ATM machine buttons
    2. Elevator buttons
    3. Escalator handrails
    4. Airplane tray table
    5. Airplane catalogs and magazines
    6. Shopping cart handle
    7. Gas station nozzle
    8. Office coffee pot handle
    9. Office refrigerator door handle
    10. Office microwave door
    11. Office water cooler faucets
    12. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. If you share a work station, wipe it down with disinfectant wipes before you get settled.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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