Are You Sure You Want to Touch That?
Mar 07, 2016 08:44PM
By Paul Spear
10 Most Germ-Infested Public Places
Are You Sure You Want to Touch That? What’s the dirtiest object in a hotel room? Which has more bacteria: a restaurant menu or a toilet seat? See the 10 things that germs love most.
Swimming With BacteriaA water park crawling with 1,000 kids can have 22 pounds of poop floating around, says
What’s for Dinner?
Like Germs With Your Garnish?
Like a squeeze of lemon with your water? Researchers looked at dozens of wedges from the rims of restaurant glasses. They found nearly 70% of the lemons had disease-causing microbes, including E. coli and feces, that could cause some nasty stomach issues. Next time, you may want to take your iced tea lemon-free.
The Fountain of Youth
Think twice before sipping from the water fountain at your kid's school. It’s dirtier than their toilet seats! That’s because the bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Have you ever seen someone clean a drinking fountain? Just carry a water bottle with you instead.
Ironically, public soap pumps are a breeding ground for bacteria, too. Think about it: From the stall to the sink, there’s no telling what your hands can pick up. So scrub for at least 20 seconds or carry hand sanitizer. And before you reach for that door handle, think about how many people don’t wash after using the restroom. The CDC says only 31% of men and 65% of women do.
Carting Around Grime
Many people shudder at having to touch door handles, but they should be wary of elevator buttons, too. Again, do you ever see someone actually clean those? Push them with your elbow, take the stairs, or have sanitizer on hand.
Frolic in Filth
Grubby little fingers grab slides and swings one after another. But playgrounds are rarely cleaned. The worse spot is the sandbox, with 36 times more germs than a restaurant tray. And bacteria love nothing more than to hide out in warm, moist places. Come stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes.
ATM buttons, cash, and a revolving door of bank customers equals ick. In fact, the flu virus can
live on a dollar bill for 17 days! But no one uses gloves or tissues to handle money. As for ATMs, companies hope to roll out touch screens with antimicrobial glass to combat cold and flu. For now though, your best defense is to press the buttons with a pen.
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