My daughter has this same issue as she was on a cruise ship where people got a virus and her daughter was very ill. She even check the dishes and glasses in a restaurant.
The girls and 15 and 17 and she makes sure all go into the restroom to wash their hands before eating.
The best way to prevent spread of germs is hand washing.
Check out the CDC's Ounce of Prevention Campaign:
I am not OCD about germs but working in an ER certainly got my hands red and chapped from all the hand washing and use of alcohol. Used hundreds of bottles of lotion in my carreer.
Exposure to a certain level of germs is good for you- can be beneficial in maintaining your immune system. I personally have NO issue with germs.
back when i was still nursing, many of my patients were having Radio or Chemo and my biggest concern was MY germs infecting them, but like all good nurses, used universal precautions- gowns, gloves, masks etc.
Now ive switched careers and am a high school teacher in a fairly run down, unpleasant area, and i keep tissues, hand sanitiser and vicks cough lollies on my desk cos the kids get no education about germ etiquette at home, and as my immune system is virtually non existant i cant afford to get ill every time a kid coughs, or wipes his nose on his sleeve.
otherwise, germs dont phase me one bit- a little bit is fine
I am using some medications for crohn's disease that lower my immune systems ability to fight infections so I am at risk. So for me being more pro-active in sanitizing everything I can with wipes,hand sanitizers, cleaners and using latex gloves is second nature for me. Honestly I can't remember the last cold or flu, so it must help. I don't think its so bad, I would not let it worry you.
I think the worst one is the door knobs in public bathrooms......not that I wipe them down.........but all those people that don't wash their hands.
It is the nurse in me that can come up with the germ thingy. I have been exposed to so many bugs and germs that I may be immune to all...............LOL.
I pretty much use the clorox wipes on everything at work and do carry the hand sanitizer with me everywhere and am pretty obsessive about grocery cart handles and restaurant tables, etc. But, no matter how much we do and think we are beating the germs, doesn't always work. I admit to being OCD about germs and using the wipes and sanitizer probably too much and even after all that, I came down with a really nasty stomach virus about a month ago. So, I think these products do work to a degree, but after all my diligence I still got sick and I think I am a bit less compulsive now as I see no matter what we do, we can still get the germs. You are not alone as you can see by all the responses here.
Kitt, doorknobs in public bathrooms and the flushers on toilets. I used my foot to flush and paper towels or toilet paper to latch and unlatch the doors. Okay, I guess I am OCD.
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