What are the public places with the most germs? | The top 10 germiest places
Germs are incredibly easily spread, whether it's through person-to-person contact or simply touching something used by a sick person. Germs thrive in busy, popular places. Here are the 10 places that you're most likely to encounter them.
No surprise here, but doors, handles, and toilet seats contain multiple germs that cause stomach upsets and other illnesses. Always wash your hands after using the toilet and before touching your face.
Under-cooked or improperly prepared food can cause food poisoning. Use utensils rather than picking up food, and always send under-cooked food back.
The average office desk is home to over 10 million strains of bacteria. Wipe down your keyboard, phone, mouse, and desk before using it, and always sanitise your hands before eating.
Air filters remove over 99 per cent of airborne particles, but that doesn't help if the person in the seat before you had the flu, or if you're sitting beside a coughing, sneezing passenger. Sanitise your hands and avoid touching surfaces.
From remote controls to door handles, hotels are crawling with germs – up to 81 per cent of surfaces may be contaminated with faecal matter. Sanitise surfaces before you use them, and keep the toilet seat down when you flush.
Put people together in a confined space and you're bound to find germs. Next time you visit the movies, use hand sanitiser before eating any snacks, and move seats if someone nearby is coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth.
Day care centres
Kids share toys and touch their faces with unclean hands...it's a perfect breeding ground for colds, flu, and diarrhoea. Keep kids home from day care if they're sick, and make sure the care providers sanitise your kid's hands after a nappy change.
Older kids know how to wash their hands, but that doesn't mean they're diligent about it. And, it's common for students to experience up to 12 colds a year. Encourage proper hand sanitising after the bathroom and before eating.
Hospitals are germ hot spots. Floors, door handles, and elevator buttons are particulary germy – always wash your hands after visiting hospital, before eating, and before touching your face.