Thursday, February 17, 2011

Germs! Where are they Lurking?

This is a topic most of us would rather not talk about.  But, it is always better to have some knowledge and use some prevention tools to keep us healthy.  So let's talk about GERMS.

An average adult can touch as many as 30 objects within a minute, including germ-harboring, high-traffic surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, phone receivers, and remote controls. At home, you do all that you can to keep the germs at bay. But what happens when you step out the door to go to dinner, do some grocery shopping, or visit the doctor's office? Know where germs are most likely to lurk, as you'll find out here.
One place I have never thought much of was 'the Restaurant Menu'.
Have you ever seen anyone wash off a menu? Probably not. A recent study in the Journal of Medical Virology reported that cold and flu viruses can survive for 18 hours on hard surfaces. If it's a popular restaurant, hundreds of people could be handling the menus--and passing their germs on to you. Never let a menu touch your plate or silverware, and wash your hands after you place your order.
More germy areas to watch for later....
Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

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