touching, like the other five senses, used to be effortless and one of life’s great pleasures. Now, with the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), your fingers have become a time bomb. The trigger: a once-innocent delivery box or elevator button, which could carry deadly viral particles.
Whatever you do, avoid this list of 20 things you should never touch and keep coronavirus at bay. Then share it with someone you’ve been meaning to get in touch with.
20. The Bathroom Stall Latch
Be cautious in all aspects when using a public bathroom, especially the stall door. The bathroom stall door latch has been touched by countless people before you, one of which may have coronavirus and could easily spread the germs.
19. Pedestrian Crossing Buttons
Even if you stay six feet away from other pedestrians while enjoying a little outdoor time, you may still not be safe from the virus. Pedestrian crossing buttons are touched by numerous people each day and maybe the source of germs and bacteria or the virus. Use your elbow.
How many times have you grabbed a bag of chips from the supermarket shelf, changed your mind, and put it back? Many other people have probably done the same thing, some of which may have COVID-19.
If you’re picking up items at the grocery store and want to save money, shop for coupons and deals online instead of picking up a supermarket flyer. You never know who could have touched that flyer first and put it back before you snagged it.
16.Your Credit Cards
Consider the store clerks you’ve handled your credit cards to, as well as the ATM and processing machines they’ve touched. In any one of these instances, your card may have picked up germs from an infected person.
Money is dirty and people who are operating ATMs may already have germs on their hands, then touch their bacteria-ridden money, then touch the ATM buttons again. If you’re getting cash, be sure to wash and sanitize when you’ve completed your transaction.
14.Doctor’s Office Checkout Counter
Even if you made it through your doctor’s appointment unscathed, be wary of the checkout counter. Many people have touched the surface or set their personal belongings down on it, so it may be contaminated.
13.The Tissue Box in Your Doctor’s Office
While waiting in your doctor’s office during these times, it’s important to touch as little as possible and that includes the tissue box in the waiting room.
Many other people, especially those who may be sick with the virus, may have already touched this box, leading to potential exposure.
12.Doctor’s Office Waiting Room Chairs
If you have to visit your doctor during this time, keep in mind infected patients may have been in the waiting room. The waiting room chairs, especially the armrests, may be a source for coronavirus and shouldn’t be touched.
11.Credit Card Machine Buttons
When you’re checking out at the grocery store, you may need to use the credit card machine. Just be sure to wash and sanitize your hands afterward since you never know if a person infected with the virus swiped their card and entered their PIN right before you.
If you use the public facilities, it’s more important than ever to thoroughly wash your hands. But be aware that the sink faucet handles may contain germs and COVID-19 if an infected person used them before you.
Research shows that the coronavirus remains infectious for up to 24 hours on cardboard surfaces. If you recently received a package, handle it with care because the virus may still be active and present on its surface.
Set up a “package quarantine area” in your house for opening them. Then remove the packaging from your home and wash your hands immediately upon return.
If you’re using a public restroom, make an effort to avoid touching the toilet handle. This handle may have been exposed to the virus by the many people who used the facilities before you.
While running your essential errands, be mindful of door handles. Many hands have touched these handles before you so you can never be sure if they’re clean or contaminated.
It’s well-known that money is a source of bacteria and one study proved that dollar bills were ridden with harmful bacteria including E. coli and S. aureus. Now, you not only need to worry about these germs but also virus droplets on your money. Use a credit card instead.
5.The Bottom of Your Handbag
The bottom of your purse sees a ton of different surfaces each day and sometimes you have no choice but to set it down on surfaces in public places. It accumulates bacteria, some of which may be related to COVID-19 or other illnesses. Wash it when you get home.
4.The Pump on Hand Sanitizer Bottles
It’s great for public places like doctor’s offices and restaurants to provide big bottles of hand sanitizer. But every person touches the pump with unsanitized hands so it could be a source for infection. Better to use your elbow to dispense.
If you live in a high rise, you may need to touch elevator buttons numerous times per day to take your dog outside or run other essential errands. With all the other building residents using the same buttons, you increase your chance for infection by touching these buttons without thoroughly washing your hands right after. Use your knuckle or elbow.
A study found we touch our cellphones an average of 2,617 times a day. If you’ve touched other surfaces or items that were contaminated, your cellphone could be the culprit for spreading COVID-19. Keep it clean with a product like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, which are recommended by Apple.
1. Grocery Store Cart Handles
Consider all the shoppers before you that pushed that shopping cart around the store, grabbing items and touching surfaces. If a shopper was infected and you didn’t sanitize the cart, the virus can easily spread to you. Wipe down the handle with an antiviral wipe or hand sanitizer before use, or wear gloves.
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