Beware Germaphobics! Purses, People and Restaurants Can Make You Sick

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 28th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Germs can hang around on our hands and surfaces that we have touched for days unless they are disinfected properly, and not everyone is as hygienic as we would like to believe. Our immune system attempts to fight off most parasites, but when people touch their eyes, nose or mouth, germs that cause the common cold, flu, and even some forms of hepatitis can easily be spread from one person to another.

Fecal Matter, Bacteria, Hepatitis & Parasites are All Easily Shared

Purses

Researchers at the University of Arizona tested dozens of women's purses, and surprisingly, every single one had at least some contaminants that could cause sickness. Most had tens of thousands of germs lurking, and one even reached the 6.7 million mark. When microbiologist Chuck Gerba, who led the study, demonstrated his discovery on ABC News by using a hand-held meter on audience members' purses, he found that half of the purses tested positive for coli form, a bacteria known as fecal matter, and it was the bottom of the purses that contained the majority of the germs. Purses are easy targets for germs as we set them on bathroom floors, next to sinks, on the ground where Rover may have just done his business, and countertops, and since purses are carried everywhere, they easily transfer germs from public places to our cars and homes.

Purses, briefcases, and backpacks should all be wiped down at least once a week with a disinfectant wipe to avoid contracting viruses that can cause the common cold or diarrhea. Keep disinfectant wipes in your purse, briefcase, backpack, car, kitchen, and bathroom.

People

We all worry about germs to some extent, and the number one thing to worry about is contact with other people. Dr. Philip Tierno, Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at New York University Medical Center states that eighty percent of all infectious disease is transmitted by touching another person or an object that has been touched by someone else. Germs can hang around on our hands and surfaces that we have touched for days unless they are disinfected properly, and not everyone is as hygienic as we would like to believe. Our immune system attempts to fight off most parasites, but when people touch their eyes, nose or mouth, germs that cause the common cold, flu, and even some forms of hepatitis can easily be spread from one person to another. Hand washing is by far the single most important thing that people can do to safeguard their health, and possibly the health of others.

Restaurants

Fast food is meant to be served quickly, and it is usually eaten quickly, maybe even too quickly to notice that the restaurant is a little dirty or that a few employees appear to be under the weather. We have become a nation fueled by popular fast foods like burgers and fries, subs, tacos, and fried chicken, and with millions of meals sold every day, most of us just assume it's all clean and safe. Unfortunately, critical violations do happen in our favorite restaurants everyday, and you just never know whether you are eating safe or not. It's like playing Russian roulette when you consider all of the things that your food could be going through before it hits those bright and tempting food containers and bags that carry it straight to your families mouth. The fact is that your food is quite possibly being handled with bare hands or unwashed hands. Undercooked meat can easily occur during rush hour or from cooks that are inexperienced. Sick employees that cannot afford to lose a day's pay can be preparing food, and this is just a few of the possibilities. A host of other potentially hazardous problems can be hidden under the surface, and they just don't show themselves until it is too late. Hands should be washed frequently, especially when preparing food, and countertops should be disinfected daily.

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Abc News, Backpack, Cold, Contaminants, Disinfected, Flu, Germs, Hepatitus, Hygenic, Microbiologist, Mouth, Researchers, Restaurants, Sneezing, Study, University Of Arizona, Violation

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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Mark gordon brown
29th Jul 2014 (#)

Germaphobes are illogical, afraid of germs but okay with nasty chemicals used to kill them

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Sherri, I'm very afraid of germs. I've seen how sick they can make people. I clean my purse but after reading this article I'm thinking maybe I should put more effort into it. I'm on my local Citizen's Emergency Response Team and during one of our classes last winter they suggested that we get the hepatitis shots. There are a series of three. So far I've been given two and after August 19th it will be time for my final shot. Anytime anyone is around a lot of people I believe they need to take every precaution they can. Great article.

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