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This is a Health Alert! Where are the germs hiding? Read this article to find out more details.

There are germs that are hiding around you without you knowing. They are invisible to the naked eye. It’s time for you to identify their hiding places and learn ways to evade the bacteria and bugs that can cause you to become very sick.

Public “Touch Spots” including ATM Keypads

The researchers from the United Kingdom have recently found that 95% of these spots in the central London were hiding places for staphylococcus.

Shopping Trolleys

A study conducted in 2011 revealed that 70% of the shopping trolleys (carts) in four states within the United States of America were contaminated with E-Coli or similar bacteria. It was remarked that packages of meat tended to leak to the bottom of the trolleys. Similarly, the baby you put inside the cart, trolley and the groceries you place in your cart could possibly come in contact with countless germs and bacteria.

Sinks, Toothbrush Holders and Counter Tops

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You should clean these places often as they are considered the hottest place for bacteria. To dodge the bacteria, use diluted bleach mixture (do this by adding one tablespoon bleach to about 4 cups of water) for counters and sinks as well. Make sure you pop your toothbrush holder twice a week (or by hand in soapy, hot water. Then, go over it with a disinfecting wipe).

Fridge Handles, Doorknobs, and TV Remotes

Do you know that cold viruses can linger around these places for up to 24 hours? An ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Birgit Winther, at the University of Virginia emphasized that the cold viruses can be in these places for as long as 24 hours. She remarked that she cleans commonly handled surfaces daily when someone in her house is ill.

Clothes and Sponges

The sponge you use to wash your dishes carries more germs than a toilet bowl but you may give very little thought to this. A recent study discovered that dishrags and sponges can harbor up to 8% methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA), aka flesh-eating bacteria. To remedy this, just sanitize your sponges in the dishwasher, and remember to place the dishrags through the wash regularly. Never leave your dish rag or sponge sitting in water containing left over food particles, for long periods of time. This causes them to become a breeding ground for contaminants.

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