The germiest public places

The germiest public places

Viruses can survive up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. Germ droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel up to 3 feet before falling to the floor. You know how often you touch high-traffic surfaces, like light switches or door knobs… You can control the presence of germs at home, but what about public places? Restaurants, grocery stores, doctor’s offices… How exposed are you to germs?


  • fruit and vegetables – studies showed that many bacteria and microbes were found on most of peels. So you think that fruit and vegetables are the healthiest so you should give them all to your baby? Think twice!
  • menus – handled by hundreds of different hands a day, retain lots of germs. Make sure you wash your hands after you place the order. Also, don’t let your baby play with it.
  • condiment containers – like menus… But you probably didn’t even think of it.


  • as for cabins, it is obvious for you what to do and not do to avoid touching anything. But what about your baby? Explain to her that it is not like home. Hold her when she goes to the bathroom. Never ever let her touch anything!
  • soap dispensers – before using soap, hands are dirty, right? Well, just a reminder that hundreds if not thousands of dirty hands were touching this dispenser before you, so make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and you don’t allow your baby to touch it at all.
  • restroom door handles – obviously, not everyone uses soap and even wash his hands on the way out. Try not to touch the handle or use a tissue to cover your clean hands to grab the handle. Maybe it looks weird but it’s all about you and your health, not watchers.


  • grocery carts – do you know how many people with so many different hygienic habits were touching this handle before you? Nobody cleans them for us, but you can do it yourself. Before grabbing a shopping cart, wipe the handle. Many stores start to provide disinfectant wipes, located in entrance or by shopping cart parking, to swab the handles of shopping carts.


  • poles on the subways or handles on the bus, they are all touched by thousands of hands daily. Make sure you wash your hands when you get back home from work.
  • before flying out, make sure you take some vitamins. Being airborne, you are more likely to catch a cold from germs spread in the cabin.

Doctor’s office

  • like menus at a restaurant, magazines and toys at doctor’s office are nothing but germs covered. Take your own magazines and toys when going for an appointment.
  • who goes to the doctor’s office? Adults and children who are sick, right? Make sure you stay away from others when waiting for your turn.

The purpose of all the information given is to make you aware about the invisible happening around you, not to freak you out. Think about all the dangers and find your own solutions how to avoid contact with germs. And remember, a little dirt never hurts, so it’s up to you to find the balance.

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