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The Germiest Places You Could Ever Touch

Even before COVID-19, you should have been careful about your exposure to germs. Many places you go to every day are Petri dishes for illness-inducing bacteria and hot zones for disease. Here from Eat This, Not That! Health is 23 places that could make you sick, as well as prevention tips from the nation’s top doctors. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs.

Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. So many people get sick after traveling via airplane, primarily due to the close quarters, uncleaned services, and stagnant air. “During travel, you’re typically in close contact with a large number of people, and you have a minimal ability to move away from someone who may be sick,” explains Richard Martinello, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease expert. Any surfaces on the aircraft—especially those oh-so-dreadful lavatories—can be heavily used and contaminated.

First, follow your airline’s rules for social distancing. Dr. Martinello also urges the importance of keeping your vaccinations up to date. If you are traveling in the fall, try to get your flu shot at least two weeks before you travel. Also, wash your hands often. “Soap and water will help to remove any soiling from your hand. Waterless, alcohol-based hand rubs can be more effective than soap and water for most germs. Bring alcohol hand rubs or wipes with you so you can wash your hands when needed,” he suggests. You can also use a disinfectant wipe to clean your tray. Lastly, try and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Child boy and girl playing outdoors with face mask protection. Schoolboy breathing through a medical mask
Child boy and girl playing outdoors with face mask protection. Schoolboy breathing through a medical mask

Schools and daycares can seriously compromise your health because of close contact with others, and that surfaces may be contaminated with others’ germs, pointing out Dr. Martinello. Also, many parents send their kids to school sick, sometimes knowingly because of a lack of childcare, infecting others.

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