The Germiest Places in America
We call them the dirty dozen. It’s Health magazines laundry list of the germiest places you’re likely to encounter during an average day.
Sure, there are outbreaks of microbes and viruses across the country, but these buggers are where you live. In the office, at home, at the gym, on your vacation. “It’s enough to make even the least germophobic person a little worried,” says Dr. Germ, a.k.a. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. After all, some of these germs lurk where you least expect them, he says: “People are more worried about the trash can than the kitchen sink, when it should be the other way around.”
Dr. Germ and our panel of experts helped identify the dirty dozen and devise ways for you to keep clean. After all, the fight is in your hands. Literally. Eighty percent of infections are spread through hand contact. So wash up, and get ready to wage a bit of germ warfare of your own.
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