Tips from a germaphobe
I don’t buy into the premise that the more germs you are exposed to, the stronger your immune system will be. Whenever an ill co-worker came to the office, we’d all get that person’s cold or flu. When my friend who is a dental hygienist adjusted a little girl’s braces, she caught the mumps (and, yes, she wore gloves). Certain germs can make us sick and even kill us so I try my best to avoid them even if it makes me look weird. Here’s my tips:
- As much as I cringe at shaking someone’s hand because of the germs they may be carrying, I still do it, but I keep a mental note not to touch my face, and to remember to wash my hands with soap and water the first chance I get.
- I clean my cell phone several times a week with a new antibacterial cloth (see above photo) since cell phones are known to carry as much bacteria as a toilet seat (and you put the phone to your face!).
- I hold my breath when walking by a smoker
- I go to full-service gas stations to avoid touching the pump
- I wait for other people to get into the elevator and then ask someone to press the button for the floor I want
- I wash my hands BEFORE and after using the restroom
- I kick doors open with my foot, or if there’s a handle, I use my shirt sleeve to press the handle down and then use my knee to push the door open (this takes some coordination).
- I make my family, friends and my personal fitness trainers take off their shoes upon entering my home.
- I wash fruits and vegetables with soap and water before slicing them.
- I ask my chiropractor to use hand sanitizer in front of me before allowing him to touch me.
Am I bit neurotic about germs, maybe, but I’m hardly ever sick.