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Old 06-04-2019, 08:11 PM
 
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Guess I've touched a lot of handles like that then. For years.
Here I am. Alive and well. Just like always.
it's amazing we've survived
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:28 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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Oh I am sure, but I don't worry about it. I wash my hands and I don't touch my face/mouth. I stay pretty healthy
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:45 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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For people with compromised immune systems keeping germs at bay IS very important. I wipe my phone with a little alcohol a few times a week, more if my granddaughter has been using it. I do the same with the remote controls.

As far as shopping carts goes if someone with a cold, the flu or a virus has sneezed or coughed without washing their hands and then touched the shopping card and the next person doesn't clean it, they most definitely can catch whatever when they touch the handle and then their face. Most of us don't realize how often we touch our faces. I'd rather take the extra few seconds it takes not to catch someone else's illness.

How many of us come down with a cold or sore throat and can't remember being in contact with anybody who was sick?
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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My pen is riddled with germs. I don't wipe it down at all.
I do touch my face and on occasion let my hands cross contaminate my phone with my wallet. Oh the horror!

Yes on some occasions I wipe my phone. Usually if the screen is smudged or the casing is dirty from dropping it.

I'm not obsessed with being prestine.

I get colds because my body is susceptible to it. No one is 100% germ free .
Purell all you want.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Death by cell phone germs, newest danger of the 2020s.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:22 AM
 
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My beard is apparently dirtier than a toilet seat as well and I'm still alive. I don't even rub it down with alcohol.

https://abc7.com/health/mens-beards-...t-seat/691110/
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Well, I'm still alive. So can't be all that bad for you.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I don't either, but I've seen enough people sneeze in their hands and then put those nasty hands right back on the grocery cart handle to make me wonder why I don't wipe a cart down before I use it. Not to mention, people pick their noses, pick at scabs, and do ahem other things too, then grab a grocery cart without washing their hands first.

I'm sure cell phones have every possible body fluid on them, and grocery carts too.

LOL with kids and their diarrhea diapers and E.coli hands--along with leaky packaged meat-- parked in them, that's no surprise. And it's probably why, among many other items, women's purses and reusable shopping bags also harbor more bacteria than that toilet.

Yes, supermarkets are loaded with germs:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ins...-study-2017-11
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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We could drive ourselves nuts trying to wipe out all of the germs . . Don't we build up some immunity by being exposed to germs (within reason of course).

How many times when we're ill with cold, flu, etc., do we reuse our toothbrush without sanitizing it? Our mouths are full of bacteria, more so when we're sick.

When we use the toilet we want to quickly wash our hands to avoid e coli, but first we pull up our drawers and whatever is on our hands/fingers is now transferred to our clothing. Then we wash our hands and at some point end up touching our clothes again and there ya go.

When handling raw meats we wash our hands before touching anything else. But think of this: we touch the faucet handle, wash our hands and then re-touch the faucet handle that is full of the germs. When our hands are full of soap, we should clean the faucet handle as well.

Keyboard, computer mouse, door handles, remote controls, light switches, refrigerator handles, car keys, etc., etc., etc. We are constantly in touch with germs.

Yes, people in grocery stores can transfer germs . . not just on shopping cart handles, on anything they touched or sneezed on: can goods, produce, any and all packages.

And, we DO touch our faces, even though we aren't even aware of it. Being a woman, how many times do we cover our mouth with our hand when laughing, eating, or being surprised by something?
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I freely admit I'm a little bit of a germophobe. I always use the wipes for the grocery carts, and I clean my phone every day, although that's more for the fingerprints than the germs, but the benefit is that it takes care of both.
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