Today’s public health message

I really try not to be neurotic about germs.  I understand that, especially with kids, a few bacteria here and there are good for their immune systems.  Indeed, when my kids were little, I read somewhere that kids who grow up in houses where Mom is too aggressive with the antibacterial sprays actually have compromised immune systems.  I do have a few anti-germ rules, though:  wash your hands when you come home; use anti-bacterial gel after handling shopping carts or riding public transportation; and run a bleach load once a week (’cause you don’t really want to know what kind of gross bacteria grow in your washing machine).  I now have a new item to add to the list:  wash your hotel drinking glass really, really well.


4 Responses

  1. The bad bacteria are the ones that cause food poisoning.

  2. Also that whole bathroom deal was not nice. There’s no point in transfering bacteria from toilets to drinking and eating utensils.

    Your skin can hold a heck load of bacteria, that is what it was designed to do. However, your mouth and the insides, should be kept away from bacteria.

  3. I’d also count as bad Hep B, Herpes (a virus, I know), Staph infections, etc. Basically, I know that we’re surrounded by the little bugs and things, but there are some things it’s simply better to avoid.

  4. I am so thankful that I have “OCD” in that I carry hand-wipes EVERYWHERE I go; refuse to EVER sit on a toilet seat outside my own home [even at a friend or relative’s house]; never let my bare feet touch a floor outside my home [whether trying on clothes in dressing room or at a hotel] – I carry little footie things with me when I fly – there is NO way I’m taking my shoes off with everyone else – they are used to protect wood floors and at open houses – very cheap – Home Depot, $6.00 for three pairs and they are always in my carry-on front pocket. People may laugh at me, but until I see a lot more Lysol being used around me…

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