How to combat germs that surround us everyday

  • Article by: Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: March 27, 2013 - 4:57 PM

Bacteria are crawling all over, but a clean routine can lessen the menace.

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herby2013Mar. 28, 1311:59 AM

Bacteria are indeed all over. And crawling all over your skin and eyelashes right now. Should you become a germophobe and scrub everything until your scrub brush wears out? No. This is absurd. By the way, do you know where you will find a high level of fecal contamination? On public BUS SEATS. That's right. The only thing separating you from someone else's bottom is two thin, porous pieces of cloth. Take a look at a bus seat when someone stands up out of their seat on a hot summer day. What do you see? You see sweat accumulated on the bus seat from the perianal area that seeped through the clothing onto the seat. Do you know what is contained in that perianal sweat? Take a guess. One of the joys of using public transportation is you can gain exposure to the e. Coli bacteria from many different people in one short bus ride.

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kitkat2Mar. 28, 1312:34 PM

Good grief let's all get paranoid. Ask yourself - just how often are you really getting sick from all of the germs the article mentions? And does the author get a kickback on sanitizing wipes?? I can hear the planet groaning as everybody starts going through boxes of the things to protect themselves from life.... I'm not saying to live in filth but let's be reasonable here people ...

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marathongirlApr. 4, 13 9:23 AM

The mention of hand sanitizers in the article is bad. Seriously? Even after they just had an article about the super bacteria out there that are indeed drug resistant, because of the use of hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial everything. Wash your hands. That's the simple thing we should be doing.

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