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Old 06-05-2019, 10:40 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?
I realize you are saying that we can't avoid germs, which are everywhere--and I completely agree; in fact I never even think about most of these things--but I just wanted to address the toothbrush issue. It's unnecessary to sanitize or dispose of a toothbrush after having a cold or flu, because you are now immune to the virus that caused that illness. You can't catch it twice. I suppose if you had a verified bacterial infection, you might want to throw out the toothbrush, but otherwise it's pointless.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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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.
This is all true, but many people dont realize those germs cannot survive out of a specific temp for very long...they like it hot, 98.6 degrees (the human body temp), to go from a human mouth or nose to the handle on a grocery cart, there is close to a 30 degree temp difference!
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I realize you are saying that we can't avoid germs, which are everywhere--and I completely agree; in fact I never even think about most of these things--but I just wanted to address the toothbrush issue. It's unnecessary to sanitize or dispose of a toothbrush after having a cold or flu, because you are now immune to the virus that caused that illness. You can't catch it twice. I suppose if you had a verified bacterial infection, you might want to throw out the toothbrush, but otherwise it's pointless.
Most people don't change their toothbrush often enough anyway, in terms of doing a good job at the primary function of brushing their teeth. If people use having a cold as a motivation to get a new toothbrush, that's a good thing!
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:42 AM
 
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I have to doubt. I use the sanitizer at the gym to clean my phone while I am there. I like what they use, it smells like cloves.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:22 PM
 
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There is nothing dirtier than money, especially coins.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:40 AM
 
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Where are these places that have disinfectants around for wiping shopping carts? I may have seen that once or twice...in my entire life but it's been so long I can't remember where. Is it a geographic thing? Do people really believe that wiping a shopping cart handle will provide some kind of safeguard? Does the cart get rewiped every time a can of soup gets picked from a shelf; you can't expect that can to be clean, can you?
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Where are these places that have disinfectants around for wiping shopping carts? I may have seen that once or twice...in my entire life but it's been so long I can't remember where. Is it a geographic thing? Do people really believe that wiping a shopping cart handle will provide some kind of safeguard? Does the cart get rewiped every time a can of soup gets picked from a shelf; you can't expect that can to be clean, can you?
Every Target and most grocery stores have them where I live. It isn't getting rid of all germs but it helps.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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I absolutely believe this. I just went down the hall to the restroom and a person was sitting in the stall on the can playing games on their phone and some you tube channel. The bathroom stalls are like phone booths. People doing business calls, personal calls, one woman shouting/arguing with her husband/boyfriend all the while the toilets are flushing all around them and they flush the toilets themselves and exit the stall, phone in hand to their ear.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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I realize you are saying that we can't avoid germs, which are everywhere--and I completely agree; in fact I never even think about most of these things--but I just wanted to address the toothbrush issue. It's unnecessary to sanitize or dispose of a toothbrush after having a cold or flu, because you are now immune to the virus that caused that illness. You can't catch it twice. I suppose if you had a verified bacterial infection, you might want to throw out the toothbrush, but otherwise it's pointless.
That's good information! Didn't realize that, thanks for letting us know!
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Where are these places that have disinfectants around for wiping shopping carts? I may have seen that once or twice...in my entire life but it's been so long I can't remember where. Is it a geographic thing? Do people really believe that wiping a shopping cart handle will provide some kind of safeguard? Does the cart get rewiped every time a can of soup gets picked from a shelf; you can't expect that can to be clean, can you?
I'm in Denver. All of the supermarkets (including Target) have a container of disinfecting wipes in a stand by the front door so you can wipe off the handle of the cart you are using. I'm not saying it's fit for surgery but it's still better than nothing, given that many people cough or sneeze into their hands and then wheel their cart around, or touch other nasty things and do the same.
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