I then spent the whole day wondering how much bacteria was being transferred to my hands every time I touched anything – I also wound my way through a whole bottle of hand sanitiser. I bet the lid had some pretty nasty stuff lurking!
1) Car parking meters – I touch these every single day. Just think how many people have been putting in their coins that they’ve been holding in their sweaty hands and then pressing the button to get the ticket out. I’ve always hated the parking meters because they’re so expensive, but now I can add ‘high risk of infection’ to the list.
2) Thinking about the car park then got me to thinking about ATMs. THINK OF HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR GRUBBY, NOSE PICKING FINGERS SMEARED ALL OVER THE BUTTONS.
3) So then I obviously started to think about money. I handle money every single day. I work in a shop and have to accept notes and change from some pretty grimy looking people sometimes. It really doesn’t bear thinking about. And I’m forever holding a note between my teeth (not at work, I’d like to point out) whilst I’m doing something else with my hands. My mouth is full of icky people’s germs now.
4) By the time I went on my lunch break I was still thinking about loads of different bacteria carrying objects and I went to dry up my cup when I realised that I’ve been working in the same place for 3 months and the tea towel looks exactly the same as when I first started. I’m actually pretty sure it’s the same one, so there’s no way it could have been washed. And although it’s purpose is to dry wet dishes and stuff, it’s still gonna be pretty grim after 3 months.
5) I also cleaned the inside of my car the other day (although it’s a mess again now), but I’ve never cleaned the gear stick or the handbrake. I cleaned all round the bottom of the stick but not the part that you actually touch. I was thinking that it can’t really be that dirty, and my Nan had the car before me and she’s a pretty clean person. But it’s not like I can wash my hands every second of everyday, so there is gonna be some bacteria and stuff on there…
But like I said, I can’t spend my life washing my hands – and the everyday bacteria that’s on them hasn’t hurt me as of yet…