Avoid the Germ Attack and Use Sanitary Wipes

Wash Our Hands

Since we are often in places where there are crowds of people, we need to be prepared for the germs that tend to surface. Germs can enter our systems unsuspectingly and cause havoc. When we find ourselves hanging out where many other people go…and this could be every single day, You can bet the farm that germs will be there too. Contact with bad bacteria can be avoided in most cases simply by using sanitary wipes.
For your convince, in the list below are places where you are subject to get germs upon contact that you may not otherwise suspect.

1.Restaurants: Research states that the dishrags used to clean the tables between customer use are loaded with e-coli and is used multiple times before it is disinfected again. It spreads a small film of e-coli onto the tables making the germs a potential for cross contamination.
Avoid the germ attack: Wipe the table with sanitary wipes before your meal arrives. Remember to include the booster chair or the high chair with the sanitary wipes cleansing as well. Also, wash your hands before and after your meal.

2.Public bathrooms: In a public bathroom, you may be surprised to know that most of the germs are not found on the toilet seat. According to the experts, the majority of the germs are found around the water faucet and the soap dispenser. People using the toilet transfer the germs when they go to wash their hands. These areas are moist, and help the bacteria to live and grow.
Avoid the germ attack: Use a paper towel when turning on and off the water faucet. Wash hands well with the soap and water for at least 20 seconds before drying. Since evidence suggest that the door knobs may also contain e-coli and other germs, use a paper towel to cover the door knob or handle for opening the door.

3. Grocery store shopping cart handles. Leakey meats will very often spill onto the shopping cart handles. The beef juices will contain e-coli, and the juices from poultry will contain salmonella. Studies show that 70 to 80 percent of the shopping carts around the country are infected with these germs. Germs are also transferred by people who sneeze, cough, and wipe their nose, then touch the shopping cart without washing their hands
Avoid the germ attack: Clean the shopping cart handle with a sanitary wipe before using it.

4. Shopping malls. Despite the sagging economy, the evidence shows that we still love shopping in the malls. One of the easiest ways to get germs from the mall is by using the escalators. When people use the escalators, they are prone to place their hands on the rail. Once again their hands then become dirty with bacteria from other people. People use their hands to block their coughs, to blow their nose and God only knows what else. So be safe from those germs and try not to touch the dirty escalator handles.
Avoid the germ attack: Just in case you have used the side rails of the escalator, once you get off the escalator, wipe your hands with a sanitary wipe, or use a handy sanitary spray to clean with. The same principle apples here: Many people with dirty hands are touching the escalator and transferring germs from their hands.

5. Park playgrounds: Traces of e-coli are left on the playing equipment by the diaper wearing toddler. If any of the bacteria is transferred to the mouth, the toddler is prone to get sick with nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and gastric pain.
Avoid the germ attack: Wash the toddler’s hands with sanitary wipes immediately after leaving the equipment. Wash your hands with the sanitary wipes as well to prevent cross contamination.

6. Hotels: Studies suggest that the TV remote is one of the dirties things in a hotel room and is loaded with bad bacteria. The remote is touched by many people without ever being disinfected. Imagine the accumulation of germs that it harbors. So what’s a person to do?

Avoid the germ attack:
Clean the remote thoroughly with sanitary wipes. Once you are finished cleaning the remote, wash and cleanse your hands well.

I’m sure that there are many other ‘hot buttons’ for germ growth that I did not list. For example library books, elevator buttons, and anything you can think of that is associated with the public use. The same principle stands. It is a good idea to use this same principle in your home as appropriate. The goal is to protect yourself against cross contamination with careful hand sanitation when coming into contact with dirty surfaces.
Healthy trails to you.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beverleysmith36
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:55:39

    I think the missing word here is ‘may’ contain e-coli although i am sure that cloths used to wipe restaurant tables certainly contain something or other. As for sanitary wipes, we are too clean anyway.


  2. Katie
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 16:35:41

    Interesting piece. I have heard that some restaurants started using a disenfectant when wiping tables. I gave up at the grocery store because all that stuff in the carts and people’s hands has been potentially transferred to all of the products they touched in the store. I just try to keep my hands off my face and am more careful about food safety at home. I do have sanitize stuff with me or in the car.


  3. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 19:52:31

    LOL You sound a little skeptic, My bet is it is better to use the sanitary wipes than not. People get sick all the time and have no idea why they are sick. I wrote about germs today because I was recently infected with e-coli, I believe via food but I’m not absolutely sure. It wasn’t very pretty at all.


    • Katie
      Jul 08, 2012 @ 12:03:56

      That can certainly focus things. When someone I knew had salmonella, then c diff., my food prep and probiotic world changed. Sorry you had to go through that!


  4. souldipper
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:25:52

    Coincidentally, a scientist from one of Universities in USA was interviewed by CBC because he wrote an article about us “needing more dirt” in N. America. He was published in the New Yorker or some such well known publication. He explained that our bodies need the microorganisms that live in our blood to fight off the bad bugs. Our obsession with cleanliness, he claims, is making us more susceptible and less immune.

    I took a “Food Safe” course a few years ago as I was managing a Senior’s residence. Believe me, after that course, I wondered how I ever survived my country upbringing with all it’s various methologies and casualness. For example, as a kid, I’d run out to the garden, grab a carrot, wipe it on my pants and eat it. The only irritating thing was possibly biting down on grit! I’ve watched dogs eat dirt – after some mineral in it. I’ve seen child chomp on burned matches – seeking something their body craved. Our family started without running water or indoor facilities, we lived off the land as much as possible and none of us have had to face serious illness. (I’ll now touch wood!)

    I wipe the shopping carts handles and I wash the cloth grocery bags I use instead of plastic bags. I wash my hands frequently when I prepare any kind of food. I confess that I observe how friends prepare food in their homes if I’m eating with them. 😀 Plus I REALLY notice it whenever someone is breathing over food or even just hacking or sneezing around me.

    I want to have balance. However, I know cross-contamination can be very dangerous – as you may have experienced. I have one cutting board for veggies and another for any meat, I will forever be fussy (some say obsessive) about that.


  5. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:43:29

    Well thank you for your comment. You seem to be following all the healthy precautions. Now that is a good idea about the 2 separate cutting boards. I figured one good washing after use is good enough. But the 2 seperate cutting boards are even better.
    I agree that a little dirt is good for us sometimes in order to protect us from getting sick over every little thing. But don’t go too far in the wrong way.


  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:50:38

    you opened up my eyes to some places I would not thought of – thanks – and I so agree with you about washing your hands
    my doctor now washes his hands when he comes in the room before my appointment and I think this is such a good example


  7. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:27:14

    You have a kind, thoughtful doctor. Stick with him.


  8. Tim
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 21:17:37

    gasp! You just made my worst fears more real. Thanks for the advice.


  9. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 13:17:53

    Hi Tim. Thanks for stopping by. Not much work to do in order to avoid these bad germs. Just keep your sanitary wipes handy and all should be okay.


  10. dockfam
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 19:53:30

    My #1 germ-infested phobia – GAS PUMP HANDLES. Eck. Makes me throw up in my mouth thinking about it. I keep a botle of hand sanitizer in my car console at all times. I take it out and open it before pumping gas so my hands go straight from the pump to the bottle. Then I sanitize the outside of the bottle. If I ever forget my sanitizer I will either buy some before pumping ot use napkins to cover my hands. Yuck. Gross. Blech.


  11. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 22:46:50

    Thanks for dropping by dockfam. You are very smart. I also keep a bottle of sanitizer in my car, plus a bottle in my purse. I place it in a small plastic baggie first…I never know when I will be needing to use it.


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