“7 Germiest public places”by Carolyn Classen on Feb. 12, 2012, under Health, Life
Just got my March 2012 issue of Prevention Magazine, and on pages 39 & 40 is an article entitled “7 Germiest Public Places” –enough to put the fear into anyone who dares to venture out into the public.
Here’s their list (and see if you agree with the results):
71% of gas pump handles
68% of sidewalk mailbox handles
43% of escalator rails
41% of ATM buttons
40% of parking meters
35% of crosswalk buttons
35% of vending machine buttons
The article says this research was done by Kimnberly-Clark Professional. Six major cites were studied in which testers checked for ATP (adenosine triphosphate, which exists in all bacteria.)
Noticed that the study did not include faucets of public bathrooms, which are reportedly quite dirty.
Now I know why we probably should be carrying those hand sanitizers, towelettes, or using gloves when we touch anything that other people touch. Public libraries in Pima County have those sanitizer stands to use after you touch the keys of the library computers, utilized by many patrons over the course of one 10 hour day.
Tucson doesn’t have a lot of sidewalk mailboxes left, nor a lot of escalators since we don’t have that many high-rises, but we do have elevators (whose buttons are probably just as germ covered).
Readers — do you agree with the results? Will this knowledge change your behavior in public places such as washing your hands more frequently? Yesterday I touched a pedestrian button to cross a street, and recoiled afterwards thinking of the germs on that button.