Are you one of those that yells to someone, "DON'T TOUCH THAT!" I am. If you are, no need to be shy about it. There are over millions of germs just lurking around waiting for it's prey to active that bacteria and spread. Did you know an adult or child can touch over 10 objects within a minute time. Lets think about this - hmm... Before you touch an object like a public bathroom faucet or door knob someone before you and before that person etc. has touched it - millions of times and within that time there is always someone who does not wash his or her hands. Then you come along and touched it. Then it so happens you wipe your hands on your face or mouth. The one touched you've done could have had E. Coli or any other live bacteria. I'm pretty sure E. Coli. How often do you practice safe germ protection? Do you teach your child or love one the importance of bacteria prevention and what the damage can cause? Don't be naive and think - "Well, my immune system is pretty strong enough to overcome." But what about the other person who immune system is not strong enough and falls into the category of receiving an flesh eating bacteria?
We are in a time where bacteria has now become resistant to antibiotics. Many young people are losing lives and body limbs because of germs. Keep in mind we cannot always assume the other person practices safe germ protection. When in doubt, always use precaution. Remember in my post on Fighting Germs - "It takes 20 seconds to thoroughly wash your hands with soap to kill germs."
Where does germs most lurk and hide out at?
Well, according to the article, "Don't Touch That! 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Germs in Public Places," done by AARP http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-03-2011/8-germiest-places.html beware of the following locations and surfaces:
- Restaurant menus
- Lemon wedges (served with your beverage at restaurants)
- Condiment Dispensers
- Restroom Door Handles
- Soap Dispensers
- Grocery Carts
- Airplane Bathrooms
- Doctors' Offices
*Here is my own list that needs to be aware of:
- Public Restroom Faucets (think you have to turn the water on)
- Public Pool areas (especially dressing rooms and showers)
- Gym facilities and showers
- Never walk bare foot in any public area
- Public Poles (subways, buses)
- Public Benches
- Water fountains
- Soda/Beverage fountains
If you feel the need to touch, then use a tissue. Always wash hands.
In conclusion, we all should take precautions in spreading germs and learning the prevention you can pass on to family and friends. Keep building up a strong immune system.
When in doubt, don't touch!