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Avoiding Germs: Some Tricks & Myths  

sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 7:06 am
Avoiding Germs: Some Tricks & Myths

If you try to avoid germs by using your foot to flush public toilets or your knuckle to press elevator buttons, prepare to be disappointed. In Readers Digest Healthy Living...Here’s what doesn’t work—and what really does—according to hygiene experts.


Using A Paper Toilet Seat Cover
You may feel more comfortable in public restrooms when you can place that thin sheet of paper between the bare toilet seat and your bare behind, but in reality, you might as well sit straight down. Those toilet seat covers, which are often made of tissue paper, are absorbent. Your skin is all the protection you need. Any potentially problematic bacteria you might pick up would have to find a way into your body through an open wound or, more likely, your hands.


The 5-Second Rule
Everyone does it—scoop up a snack, pacifier, or utensil that just the floor and claim that it’s OK thanks to the “five-second rule.” Research shows, however, that this bit of wisdom is a myth. Yes, the longer something stays in contact with a dirty surface, the more bacteria it will pick up. But germs can be picked up in as little as one second, so wash it or toss it—the damage is done.


Using Your Shirt Sleeve To Open A Bathroom Door
Creating a block between a germy door handle and your hands is a good idea, but your own shirt sleeve isn’t idea, says Jessica Pettit with statefoodsafety.. “Using your own clothing, such as a shirt sleeve, to open doors doesn’t actually help you avoid germs, because any bacteria that are on the door handle will just move to your clothing,” she says. “It can hold on to pathogens easily, and the moment your hands brush against the clothing, they will become contaminated.” Your best bet is to use something disposable, like a paper towel, she adds.


Pressing Elevator Buttons With Your Knuckle
Some people, in an effort to avoid bacteria and viruses on public surfaces, will use the back of their hands, forearms, or even elbows to touch surfaces. That’s an admirable effort but not very effective, says Nidhi Ghildayal, PhD, an infectious disease researcher at the University of Minnesota. “The thought process behind this habit is likely that less skin is being exposed to the unwanted germy surface,” she says, “but the back of your hand, just like your front, also has a likelihood of subsequently touching your face or other vulnerable areas. So using the back of your hand may or may not actually be helping you.”


Flushing Public Toilets With Your Feet
“Flush handles do harbour a lot of bacteria,” Ghildayal says, “but it’s partially due to individuals using their feet rather than their hands to flush. The floor and the bottom of your shoes are generally some of the dirtiest parts of a bathroom.” You can skip this precaution because what’s the next thing you’ll do after flushing? That’s right—wash your hands, which is the best way to avoid transferring bugs.
Another reason to skip this habit, says Ghildayal, is that the bacteria you’re trying to avoid are likely already dead. “Gut bacteria don’t thrive for long on the cold, smooth surfaces of public restrooms, such as bathroom fixtures, as this environment is quite different than inside the human body.”


Cleaning With Antibacterial Wipes
Keeping your house clean will help protect you and your family from infectious bugs. However, you may be doing more harm than good if you’re hurriedly wiping down multiple surfaces with one antibacterial wipe. You may end up spreading bacteria around the room if you don’t frequently swap to a fresh wipe; closely the directions and you’ll probably see that the surface should stay wet for four or more minutes after wiping if you want them to clean properly. Plus, some harmful bacteria survive a cursory swipe—they need a more potent solution to knock them .


Wearing Gloves Indoors
Slipping on a pair of gloves to grip potentially grimy handles, doorknobs, or poles may not achieve what you’re hoping. The material is most likely absorbent, and many of the bacteria and viruses you’re coming into contact with may live just as long on fabric gloves as they do on your hand. When you pull them off or put them back on, you’ll still pick up living germs on your bare hands. Even worse: gripping the fingertip of a glove with your mouth to take it off.


Using Hand Sanitizers All The Time
While these gels are handy when you don’t have access to soap and water, too much sanitizing with these products may actually be bad for your health, Ghildayal says. “While many hand sanitizers have been found to be just as effective as hand-washing,” she says, “overuse can cause your natural skin bacteria to be stripped away, and that leaves you more vulnerable to other bacteria.”


Hovering Over The Toilet Seat
Women may think it’s safer to hover over a toilet seat than sit down for fear that bacteria on the seat may stick to your skin when you stand up. They will, but as we’ve already learned, that’s OK. The problem with this habit is that, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, hovering can make emptying your bladder more difficult. Do that too often, and you could end up with bladder problems.

Are there other things you do to avoid germs?.


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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 7:09 am

Growing up, hovering over a public toilet seat is probably the one that was most often reinforced.

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goodgood123 39M
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4/2/2019 7:19 am

trying most of them lol


redmustang91 60M  
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4/2/2019 7:39 am

I have started using a paper towel to open the bathroom door as I see many men not wash their hands after using the toilet...


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 9:51 am

Is that a good thing? Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 9:53 am

    Quoting redmustang91:
    I have started using a paper towel to open the bathroom door as I see many men not wash their hands after using the toilet...
Sheesh! Yep I have seen women doing the same thing. Makes you wonder about the rest of their cleanliness. Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 9:53 am

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Sometimes the truth isn't pretty, right? Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 9:55 am

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Handwashing cannot be stressed enough. Yes - really makes you wonder about the rest of their cleanliness, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 9:57 am

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That's so true isn't it? No wonder there's lots of information on 'gut health' these days too. Thanks for stopping by.

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Kalbi54 65M
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4/2/2019 10:09 am

I know some folks are germaphobic and use a lot of those techniques to avoid bacterial contact. If the apocalypse ever arrives, they're going to be the first to die because of their germ avoidance. They have no immune system built up


Paulxx001 63M
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4/2/2019 10:16 am

Thanks for the tips.


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 11:01 am

    Quoting Kalbi54:
    I know some folks are germaphobic and use a lot of those techniques to avoid bacterial contact. If the apocalypse ever arrives, they're going to be the first to die because of their germ avoidance. They have no immune system built up
You are right. Especially in the way some parents practically shrink wrap their kids. I grew up with my Mom saying, "You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die".
Thanks for stopping by and offering your perspective.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 11:07 am

I know this isn't the usual type of post for a sex site but germs and how to avoid them is kind of related, right?

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Tmptrzz 57F
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4/2/2019 11:34 am

Thanks for the safety tips, many of them I already knew and practice. I hope you have a terrific day..

Just your average every day run of the mill nana here!!!


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 12:02 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Thanks for the safety tips, many of them I already knew and practice. I hope you have a terrific day..
Most do seem like 'common sense' right? But you know the expression, "common sense often isn't very common". And you know I like to pass along information.
Always glad to see you stop by.

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redrockrascal 62M
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4/2/2019 3:18 pm

The “five-second rule" a myth? Next you'll tell me Santa Clause doesn't really exist.

Far as germs etc go, there is a school of thought that says we have become "too clean". Exposure to some germs etc is supposed to increase you immunity.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/2/2019 3:34 pm

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    The “five-second rule" a myth? Next you'll tell me Santa Clause doesn't really exist.

    Far as germs etc go, there is a school of thought that says we have become "too clean". Exposure to some germs etc is supposed to increase you immunity.
Yes, some parents seem to want to shrink wrap their kids. But I suppose it is better to err on the side of caution. Right? Thanks for stopping by.

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4/2/2019 11:05 pm

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][ totally concur,,,


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easyrider4008 64M
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4/3/2019 1:19 am

You forgot to mention how many bacteria live on bank notes, I suggest we all barter more to overcome this!


proteus_2a 54M
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4/3/2019 1:34 am

Having lived for some months with a germaphobe lady , all I can say is,
I almost cured her condition, by licking her thoroughly
(And I do mean Thoroughly - in a popsicle like fervor )

*Sigh*.... Almost (cured her )
Almost

Cheers my lady - P


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 1:57 am

    Quoting easyrider4008:
    You forgot to mention how many bacteria live on bank notes, I suggest we all barter more to overcome this!
You are so right! There are many other examples of where there are high concentrations of germs. I like your suggestion 👍

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 1:59 am

    Quoting proteus_2a:
    Having lived for some months with a germaphobe lady , all I can say is,
    I almost cured her condition, by licking her thoroughly
    (And I do mean Thoroughly - in a popsicle like fervor )

    *Sigh*.... Almost (cured her )
    Almost

    Cheers my lady - P
Now that’s a unique approach! I am sure she appreciated your efforts. Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 2:02 am

_IKANCu2_ That's so true isn't it? No wonder there's lots of information on 'gut health' these days too. Thanks for stopping by.

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mc_justmc 60M  
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4/3/2019 5:41 am

I'm ordering a "bubble". It's the only solution.


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 6:06 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I'm ordering a "bubble". It's the only solution.
Seems that way, doesn’t it 🤔 ? Thanks for stopping by.

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Solfan55 65M
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4/3/2019 1:13 pm

It's a scary world out there sexyldy. I cringe when I see people do some of this stuff in public. Paper towel in the restroom enables "the great escape" for me and I'm always watching for people that serve food after handling money. I'll pass thank you!


rm_WordsWolf 54M
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4/3/2019 1:36 pm

I wonder where we lost perspective, and - though not normally prone to conspiracy theories, I think the cleanliness revolution that started in the early 20th century (actually, civil war and before in some ways), just never stopped and got a rational look at itself. We have tens of thousands of products that are related to unnecessary sanitation. Wipes, gloves, gizmos, goos, and claims that '9 out of 10 doctors prefer'... well, maybe that's a bit old. My point is that some of the scariest illnesses are picked up in hospitals where all kinds of crazy chemicals and techniques are used to try to keep things sanitary. We got to a point where it's easy to wash hands in many countries, where we're generally clean and sanitary in our habits, and where plagues and other dastardly illnesses are infrequent - this is all aside from immunization and healthcare that can easily cure so many things. Doesn't it make you wonder whether we're wasting one hell of a lot of our lives worrying and paying for solutions to problems that don't exist? And then there's food expiration dates. We chuck stuff because it expired rather than because it's bad. We toss medications out as if they go bad the day they hit that date on the side! Are we really that insane?? Imagine how many jobs would be lost if we didn't have these products though!

I wash my hands frequently, and have read several places that in the absence of any other option, even washing without soap is better than constantly using hand sanitizers. And I'll note - I don't remember the last time I had any flu-like thing of any kind beyond a mild fever. I just can't waste all that time worrying about it. Like television, we spend nearly 10 years of our lives watching it on average! Wasted time!!

Cheers! WW


sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 3:02 pm

    Quoting Solfan55:
    It's a scary world out there sexyldy. I cringe when I see people do some of this stuff in public. Paper towel in the restroom enables "the great escape" for me and I'm always watching for people that serve food after handling money. I'll pass thank you!
It is scary isn't it? Yes I have cringed many times at the things people will do. Makes you wonder what their homes are like. Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/3/2019 3:06 pm

    Quoting rm_WordsWolf:
    I wonder where we lost perspective, and - though not normally prone to conspiracy theories, I think the cleanliness revolution that started in the early 20th century (actually, civil war and before in some ways), just never stopped and got a rational look at itself. We have tens of thousands of products that are related to unnecessary sanitation. Wipes, gloves, gizmos, goos, and claims that '9 out of 10 doctors prefer'... well, maybe that's a bit old. My point is that some of the scariest illnesses are picked up in hospitals where all kinds of crazy chemicals and techniques are used to try to keep things sanitary. We got to a point where it's easy to wash hands in many countries, where we're generally clean and sanitary in our habits, and where plagues and other dastardly illnesses are infrequent - this is all aside from immunization and healthcare that can easily cure so many things. Doesn't it make you wonder whether we're wasting one hell of a lot of our lives worrying and paying for solutions to problems that don't exist? And then there's food expiration dates. We chuck stuff because it expired rather than because it's bad. We toss medications out as if they go bad the day they hit that date on the side! Are we really that insane?? Imagine how many jobs would be lost if we didn't have these products though!

    I wash my hands frequently, and have read several places that in the absence of any other option, even washing without soap is better than constantly using hand sanitizers. And I'll note - I don't remember the last time I had any flu-like thing of any kind beyond a mild fever. I just can't waste all that time worrying about it. Like television, we spend nearly 10 years of our lives watching it on average! Wasted time!!

    Cheers! WW
You raise some very interesting and valid points. A Doctor will tell you that they rush you out of the hospital at the first opportunity as the spread of germs and disease is rampant! If we listened to all the other scares, we would want to be shrink wrapped! Thanks for stopping by and offering your perspective.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/6/2019 7:15 am

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It is, isn’t it? Makes you wonder how some people get through each day.
Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/14/2019 9:16 pm

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I can only imagine the variety of problems you must of had to deal with. Amazing what people will try to flush! Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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4/28/2019 3:52 pm

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It’s always good to be reminded.

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handymoi 55M
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5/3/2019 7:00 am

Great article. Infection Control and prevention is half the battle. Comon sesnse is the other .good hygiene habits and practice works best.


sexyldy1000 59F  
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5/3/2019 8:07 am

    Quoting handymoi:
    Great article. Infection Control and prevention is half the battle. Comon sesnse is the other .good hygiene habits and practice works best.
Isn’t it amazing how uncommon ‘common’ sense can be?
Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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7/23/2019 6:26 pm

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Then I guess you have it covered 👍! Thanks for stopping by.

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