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We touch about 30 germ-harboring surfaces a minute in a single day. Most surfaces at home can be managed by cleaning them, but there?s little control over germ-ridden surfaces outside the home. ?The Most Wanted List of germ carriers are:

Restaurant Menus.? Cold and flu viruses can survive for 18 hours.? A popular restaurant may have over a hundred or more costumers a day.?While plates, utensils and glasses?are washed and sanitized after every meal,? most?restaurants do not disinfect menus? When eating out, never let a menu touch your plate or silverware, and remember to wash your hands after?handling the menu.

Lemon Wedges. Researchers found 25 different microorganisms, including fecal bacteria, on the lemons adorning your water glass.? A plain glass of water may be healthier.

Condiment Dispensers. ?People don’t always wash their hands before handling condiment containers.??The?germs?found there can?end up on your fingers and? in your?mouth. Rember to use disinfectant wipes before you grab the ketchup.

Soap Dispensers. Public restroom surfaces?are often?contaminated with fecal bacteria. The main culprits are soap and soap dispensers, which are rarely cleaned.??Wash your hands?with hot water for?15 to 20 seconds and be careful not to touch any surfaces.? Use?a alcohol-based hand sanitizer after using a public restroom.

Grocery Carts. The handles on most?shopping carts are contaminated with fecal bacteria. In fact, the bacterial count of grocery carts often exceed that found in most?public restrooms. Swab the handle with a disinfectant wipe before?using them?(some stores are starting to provide them).? Also skip the free food samples that are?offered in grocery stores. They are often full of germs.

Specialty Care Services? Home Health Care nursing professionals?can assist?patients in maintaing?a?clean and healthy environment.



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