Germs, there are as many urban legends that are ignorant about them. While a strong and healthy immune system is prepared for us to be in contact with them without experiencing health problems, it is also important to wash our hands frequently, especially after touching objects that are authentic microbe magnets and which we review below.
When washing your hands, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using soap and clean water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, both proven effective ways to keep bacteria at bay.
10 common objects plagued with germs and bacteria
- Cash: Some scientific research like this has shown that some coins and coins even contain pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella.
- Handrails and knobs: One of the critical moments to remember to wash your hands is after traveling by public transport, where several people continually touch the same surfaces, including from the handrails of an escalator to posts in the subway or bathroom doors.
- Restaurant Letters: Research conducted by the University of Arizona found that the menus of gastronomic establishments had a whopping 185,000 bacterial organisms.
- Other people’s pens: Did you know that the average office pen has 10 times more than the germs of the average office toilet, with approximately 200 bacteria per square inch, according to the Wall Street Journal?
- Any animal: According to Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, a doctor and health expert, animals can carry various diseases and as pets are part of the family, hand washing is sometimes overlooked.
- Touchscreens: It is essential to wash your hands after touching any smart screen, especially public ones such as those for consultation at airports or those used to buy tickets on public transport. Your mobile also does not get rid of the transmission of pathogens.
- Cutting boards and kitchen sponges: The kitchen is a germ-laden environment. Not only should you wash certain raw foods, but you have to pay attention to kitchen utensils, rags or scourers to scrub the dishes. In this regard, a recent study found up to 326 different species of bacteria that live in used kitchen sponges.
- Soap dispensers: Researchers at the University of Arizona found rechargeable soap dispensers specially loaded with germs. When pressed, any bacteria you wish to wash have the same opportunity to be transferred to the dispenser. Lead researcher Charles Gerba says touching them can transfer more bacteria to the hands than if you put them in the toilet.
- Objects of a doctor’s office: Most things in a doctor’s office house germs or bacteria. In fact, there are 46,000 more germs in your pen than in an average toilet seat. Other serious things to avoid are the armrests of the waiting chair and the door handle.
- Almost anything at an airport: About 2.6 million airline passengers travel every day, according to the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States. More people mean more germs and more shared public spaces where you will find them. Avoid especially touching door handles, water fountains, screens or plastic trays on the airport security line, where people deposit their shoes and bags, according to research published in BMC Infectious Diseases.
[Source: Reader’s Digest ]