Germ Hotspots Exposed

Germ Hotspots

Just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it is. Be cautious around the germ hotspots below and you may be able to avoid that extra sick day this winter.

Restaurant Menus

The next time you reach for that menu, you may want to consider the hundreds or thousands of people who have handled it before you. What are the chances your menu underwent a thorough sanitizing before your server plopped it down on your table? Probably slim to none. You should probably wash your hands before picking up that tasty burger.

Lime and Lemon Wedges

After ordering 21 drinks at various restaurants, researchers from the Journal of Environmental Health found 25 different microorganisms on the accompanying limes and lemons – including E. coli. Perhaps it would be best to skip the lemon and lime next time you find yourself ordering a vodka soda.

Restroom Door Knobs and Handles

Well this one shouldn’t be too much of a shocker. If you saw our last post on hand washing habits, you’ve realized that most Americans aren’t very diligent when it comes washing their hands post restroom. Reduce your chances of contamination by flushing with your foot and opening the door handle with a paper towel.

Grocery Carts

With flu and cold season just around the corner, more and more grocery stores are making disinfecting wipes available for customers to give their cart or basket a quick wipe down. According to the Journal of Medical Virology – flu and cold viruses can survive up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. As you can probably imagine, grocery carts are a breeding ground for bacteria. Take advantage of these free wipes or bring your own.

Free Food Samples

Though tempting, free mixed nuts at the bar are NEVER a good idea. Hand-to-food contact is one of the most common ways to spread foodborne illness. Even if you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse, think about all of the people who can’t even bother to wash their hands. The next time you’re offered a communal bowel of tasty treats, just say pass.

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