Sometimes the news about germs is almost too gross to talk about. But since staying well around the holidays is my goal—and that requires some smart germ warfare—here goes:
Over at Health.com they’ve been talking about the 8 Germiest Places in the Mall. I am definitely going to pack my family-size hand-sanitizer with me the next time I visit the food court. And you’re going to have to go find out for yourself what’s going on inside of toy stores and those public restrooms. Ewww!
If I were squeamish, this report would have sent me screaming into my home, never to venture out again without full-body armor. But not to worry. As disgusting as all that stuff sounds, it probably won’t make you sick. If the secretions (even that word makes me cringe!) are dry, they’ve lost their ability to hurt you, Dr. Oz says.
So what should I avoid? Those coughing people on the subway/plane/restaurant/you fill in the blank. “The most dangerous thing we get exposed to is spit,” Dr. Oz says. That’s how the flu gets transmitted, especially during the winter when we’re sitting inside confined spaces getting coughed on. How to avoid getting sick from those wet spit-born germs?
Excuse me while I go wash my mitts!
Additional Research by Taylor Dahl
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