As far as anyone knows, shaking hands or gripping the other person’s hand in a vice-like grip dates back as far as Biblical times. Yet how many times do just regular folks never give a thought to what your hands touch in public that many times contain more germs than ants at a lakeside picnic. But the question before the house of common sense suggests that most men, women and children could care less what their hands touch or when. A public toilet is probably the best example of the ignorance of hands in public. Most public facilities have doors you either open via your hand or push with your hand. The only exception would be gambling casino’s and airports where there are NO doors for your hands to touch. That said let’s review options that are currently under the microscope:
Businesses = workers = a healthy atmosphere? In California chefs and bartenders are up-in-arms about new regulations restricting them from handling ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. That regulation became effective January, 2014. It states that with the exception of washing fruits and veggies there shall be NO contact; utensils only. Actually the “no more bare hands” rule has become viral throughout the USA. And yes, it’s in the Food and Drug Administration’s handbook.
Some of the most egregious places where people tend to fall prey to illness, flu, colds and other associated germ-laden contacts at work or outdoors in public gatherings are:
* Dirty Door Handles: The post office, workplace door handles and businesses such as banks and eating establishments top the list. However if you thought that a public restroom would be number one, you’re wrong. IF the person leaving before you failed to wash their hands and you touched the handle, bingo you may be in trouble if that handle had been touched by 10 other people who never bothered to wash their hands and were sick. Bacteria, for the most part, needs a warm, cozy spot to survive and can only survive on a hard, dry surface for two hours at most.
* At work it was found that most ALL office objects in a workers cubicle were unclean. Believe it or not your office desk is 400 times dirtier than the toilet bowl down the hall. The reasoning on this subject is that office workers don’t clean their desks, phone and computer keys on a regular basis; ergo, viruses that can cause flu and colds will be found on about on-third of all office surfaces.
Your home can be suspect, as well. When is the last time you soaked or microwaved (30 seconds only) that kitchen or bathroom scuzzy sponge or brush? Bleach and water works great, too. Also make it a point to toss the sponges in the trash after they have been used around two weeks and keep your toothbrush and stuff away from the toilet area. You have no idea how many germ families love to have the toilet flushed so they can float around contaminating everything in sight.
Finally, when using antibacterial products don’t spray the doorknobs or other handles your hands touch. Spray a couple of paper towels and then wipe. In the final analysis alcohol and bleach-based products work best at killing germs that promote dangerous bugs; even those on your hands.