How to Avoid Getting Sick on Public Transportation

I’m a germ freak and I’m not embarrassed to state it. But after watching Jeff Rossen’s report on NBC’s TODAY about which city has the germiest taxis, buses and trains, my paranoia factor doubled. The above five-minute video shows why it’s so important to wash your hands often and to keep your hands away from your face. As you will see, public places are teeming with bacteria and it’s not just the shared handrail or poles on trains and subways. Dangerous and contagious germs lurk on taxi seats and especially the keypads where you swipe your credit card and punch in your tip. Check out the report!



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2 Comments on "How to Avoid Getting Sick on Public Transportation"

  1. Johnny,
    When I was in college back in the 1960’s, I had a project to complete for my bacteriological chemistry class. I chose to swab the handles of a few of a nearby supermarket’s shopping carts, then to culture the swabs in petri dishes in our lab. The nastiest results developed when growths of coliform bacteria and E. coli proliferated. E. coli are almost exclusively of fecal origin and their presence is an effective confirmation of fecal contamination.
    Ever since then, I carry a few packets of sanitary, alcohol based swabs with me and never handle something like a supermarket cart unless I swab the handle before using. I have traveled almost 7 million air miles since those long-ago college days and ALWAYS swab the tray, armrests, entertainment controls, etc. whenever I settle into my seat. I usually travel first or business class and have no qualms about sanitizing whatever I’ll be touching. It makes me feel good and may have prevented me from some squirrelly illness over the many years I’ve travelled. Flight Attendants who have seen me doing so have often complimented me, knowing how some people use the lavatory, then just return to their seat without washing their hands!

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