Germs are everywhere
In general, the more things that you touch on a daily or regular basis, the higher the risk you’ll also pick up bacteria and viruses, says Kristine Arthur, MD. “It is nice to share, but not ideal to share germs,” she says. Although it’s sometimes inevitable to transfer germs, especially if you live with other people, it’s still possible to stay healthy and limit their spread if you take some precautions, according to Dr Arthur. Keeping you and your friends or family free from excess germs starts with not sharing the following items that germ experts definitely wouldn’t.
The clipboard pen is one of the filthiest items in your doctor’s office. Researchers found the clipboard pen has more than 46,000 times more germs than an average toilet seat. That’s why Dr Arthur doesn’t share or borrow pens provided in public places, especially in your doctor’s office. “Everyone is touching them, and in a place where people are sick they are even more likely to have bacteria or viruses on them,” she says. “Bring your own pen for filling out forms.”
Silverware and straws
Taking a bite or sip of someone else’s meal or drink seems like no big deal – but not so fast. Make sure you aren’t using their straws, silverware, or cup, which are some things Dr Arthur won’t share. What stops her from sharing these items is that they likely have saliva on them. “It is a good general rule to follow because even if you or another family member feel fine right now, you may be at the early stages of a cold or flu and not realise you are contagious yet,” she says.