It’s a dirty world out there—and I don’t mean this figuratively. Regardless of where you go, how often you wash your hands and how clean you think specific things or places are, there are always these tiny microbes called germs that lurk within these places. These microscopic pests can cause significant harm to people. While it may not always be deadly, a lot of infectious diseases are transferred from touching these things and places.
This article will list some of the Germiest places on earth in order for you to take the necessary precaution. This list is so Germy, that you might even catch a few germs from reading it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- Gas Stations. No, I am not talking about gas stations restrooms here. Ever think about gas pumps and how many hands actually touch those? A recent study proved that gas pump handles carry more germs than the seat on the gas station’s toilet. Considering the number of people who visit gas stations every day and use the pump, it is not surprising to find millions of germs in these handles. Of course, it all boils down to one thing: no one bothers to clean the things that they handle every day.
- Libraries. While libraries seem to be the least of the places where germs can be found (not that germs hate reading), the fact is actually the contrary. While this place seem to be tidy and sterile, their counter tops and books—yes, these millions of books are homes to millions of bacteria. Again, we have to consider how many people are handling these books and not every individual who will use these will bother to clean their hands before they open the first page.
- Stores. This is another seemingly innocent culprit but then again, stores are also one of the Germiest places on earth. Again, the cashier handles the money as well as the food and other products that you bought. But don’t worry, because even before the cashier transfers the germs on the veggies that you bought, they are already ridden with germs from the shelf.
- Coffee Shops. Coffee shops are favorite places for people who want to hang out with friends, have meetings, take advantage of free Wi-Fi services or sip a hot drink during cold weather. What most people do not realize, however, is that this is also a favorite playground for germs. The cashier handles money, they take your cup, and full it to the brim, prepare the rest of your order and delivers them to you. Money—after being handled by different people and kept in pockets, wallets, on top of counters, tables, and where else—always carries with it disease causing germs. So the next time you order your cup, try to make sure that the one who manages the register does not touch your cup.
There is no way to get away from germs, as they are everywhere. I’m sure I picked up at least a million germs just writing this article. If soap and water aren’t readily available after coming in contact with any of these places, alcohol free hand sanitizer will be your best defense against germs.
Author Bio: Julius is the digital marketing manager at Safehands which provide Hand Hygiene Product . His goal is to educate the world on the importance of sanitation in this world full of germs. He provides in-depth knowledge on the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and how to stay as clean as possible when soap and water isn't available.