Personally, I have always been a “germaphobe.” I make sure that I wash my hands before every meal, well at least when I know I will be using my hands. I opt for using utensils rather than my hands though. In fact, my friends think it’s so strange of me to eat pizza or tacos with a fork. I work at a sushi restaurant and they use an autoclave (I believe) to sanitize the dishes; however, whenever I’m on break I don’t trust the dishwashers because they place the bowls in bins to be air dried, but their hands may be dirty. Therefore, I always wash the bowls before I use them. I never touch my face unless I’ve washed my hands beforehand and I try to stay clear of people who like to touch my face as well. I keep hand sanitizer in my car and I should start keeping one in my purse. Good thing no one knows I’m a crazy “germaphobe” even after writing this, I didn’t even realize how cautious I was.
I find it so fascinating that Dr. Charles Gerba finds so much pleasure in researching these microbes. I’ve always known and been aware that germs are just all around us; however, I don’t like to think about it. I guess this is where they say “ignorance is bliss.” I had no idea office water-cooler handles and office coffee cups can have fecal bacteria. Also in the back of my mind, I know public swimming pools can be dirty because little kids think it’s just one big toilet. However, I never gave too much thought about it. Although some germs can cause illness, we don’t have to live in a bubble. I believe if people just made it habit to have good hygiene such as washing their hands then it just becomes normal like for me it has.
In response to Alisa’s post, I am too, more aware of the bottom of my purse; therefore, I will never leave it on the bottom floor of the bathroom and I’ll try to avoid leaving it on the countertop of public bathrooms.
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