You keep having recurrent symptoms?, or perhaps you have visited the hospitals more often than normal this new year. Then you may have to take heed to what you do outside the comfort of your home. Check out these germ- ridden places you tend to ignore…
Surprised? Exactly. Doors are one of those places where you could easily come in contact with germs. It seems so unnoticeable, yet the knobs are pack full of germs. Because they are passed from hands to hands, they harbor much more than you can imagine.
Cash Points (ATM Machines)
These are another subtle avenues to get infected. The buttons on ATM counters harbor more germs than you can think. And you wouldn’t know who is infected already or not. So take care after visiting cash points.
Grocery stores contain produce, meat and dairy products which are known transmitters of bacteria such as salmonella, listeria and E. coli. if not stored properly or if cross-contaminated. Remember that hands are the number one way to spread bacteria, so it goes without saying that this place is one of the germiest.
There’s a 72% chance that your shopping cart has fecal bacteria on it (eww) and it’s also an easy way to pick up colds or the flu virus. It’s a good idea to carry anti-bacterial wipes to clean it off before shopping, especially if you have small children that tend to touch everything.
While you cannot avoid germs totally it is imperative you don’t touch your mouth or eyes during your shopping trip – that means no sampling food – and sanitize your hands upon leaving the store, or wash them immediately when you get home.
This high traffic public area is one of the easiest and quickest ways viruses spread over great distances. Modes of transportation such as airplanes, buses, subways, trains and ships are one of the reasons there are great concerns should a highly infectious and deadly virus appear in the future. Even if we are just talking about influenza, the common cold and other common viruses, we should be conscious to practice good hand hygiene.
You’re hitting the gym to try to get fit and healthy. But did you ever wonder why you are getting sick or where that mysterious rash on your arms and legs came from? You might not have to look much farther than your favourite work-out spot. The gym is lurking with bacteria. People are sweating, wiping equipment with dirty towels and touching everything. Keep sanitizer or sanitizer wipes very close by.