Four Surfaces We Touch Every Day That Are Seething in Germs
I'd definitely say that I'm a pretty relaxed mom. I mean, I don't panic when my kid gets dirty, takes a little taste of dirt, or squishes a bug with his bare hands, so that has to count for something, right? I absolutely believe that exploring and getting dirty is good for a kid.
However, there are some things that my son wants to do and I have to draw a big nope line. Like when John, who has an insatiable need to touch everything with his tongue, leans toward the handle of the shopping cart before I've had a chance to wipe it down. I have no idea if the person before me sneezed into their hand and then placed their hand on the cart. Sharing is caring for most things, but not with boogers.
According to Fox News, these are the most germ-filled things that you and I touch each and every day and you know, we really should think about either not touching them, or cleaning them before we put our paws on them.
When you put your hands on the shopping cart handle, not only is there a chance that you could be putting your hands on somebody else's boogers, which is absolutely disgusting, but there's also this: a study by the University of Arizona found that two out of every three shopping cart handles were contaminated with fecal bacteria. Um, what?!?!?
Whenever we go someplace that has magazines laying around, my husband always reaches for one and no matter how many times I've nagged him and told him that he might want to reconsider, he never listens. Maybe he will when he sees this (but probably not because when a wife says not to do something, men are drawn to do it anyway). Magazines in places like waiting rooms, or on airplanes get passed from hand to unwashed hand. If that doesn't make you want to stop touching them there's this- because they've got dry surfaces, bacteria like E. coli can survive on them for months.
If you think that because you're the only person who touches your keyboard at work that it's completely clean, you would be very wrong. Actually, your keyboard is most likely covered in five times more germs than you'd find right this second on a public toilet seat.
Sorry, no. This isn't an excuse to avoid the gym. You just need to walk in with the understanding that there's a whole lot of bacteria floating around and you should probably avoid touching your face and make sure that you wash your hands furiously after working out. Some gyms offer a wipe down solution and if yours does, use it before using the equipment. 73% of weights and 51% of aerobic equipment at the gym are covered in bacteria that could cause a cold.