Myths About Germs

Introduction:More people believe the myths about germs more than the actual facts on the little buggers. Carefully compiled below (after wiping down my computer keyboard) are the top 5 myths about germs. Ewwww....

  • 01

    The Five Second Rule - False

    The very nanosecond that something touches a surface, that something should be considered contaminated - very sad, but true. It is a total myth (probably made up by mothers) that you have five seconds to pick up whatever hit the floor and eat it before germs attack. Of course, that never stopped me...

  • 02

    You Can Catch Something from a Toilet Seat - False

    Nope, you can't catch a sexually transmitted disease from a toilet seat, or anything else for that matter. And, even though the ick factor in sitting upon someone else's urine is high, urine is sterile and carries no germs. So, don't freak out; just cuss the manners of the person in front of you and vow to look before you sit next time. Now, the area AROUND a toilet seat or in a bathroom is another story - the floor, toilet paper holder, sanitary holder, door knobs or trash cans are a sure bet to be holding some HOT germs.

  • 03

    A Sponge and Dishsoap Will Clean a Counter - False

    Germs love sponges and, instead of making thing cleaner, sponges generally just spread germs around to other places. If you insist on using a sponge, throw it into the microwave in water and a drop of dishsoap once a day (beware, it will bubble over quickly if not watched). Throw out a sponge every other week and start your germ experiment all over again.

  • 04

    The Air Circulating In an Airplane Can Make You Sick - False

    Yes, the same air does circulate in an airplane but any germs in the air are removed by very strong filters. The air in a plane is probably cleaner than the air in your home. What WILL make you sick is touching surfaces where an ill person might have been and, you're in tight quarters so just keep your hands to yourself!

  • 05

    Antibacterial Hand Solutions Work Against Germs - Sorta False, Sorta True

    Antibacterial hand solutions do work against germs and bacteria but will not kill a virus. Nothing but NOTHING will kill a virus. Medical science has been trying to find a way to kill viruses since we found out about them. So, even though that little bottle of antimicrobial antibacterial hand sanitizer won't do a heck of a lot, it's still a good bet to sanitize your hands anytime you touch a public surface where sick people might be.




Final Thoughts

The best way to kill germs is to wash your hands at least 7 times a day. Be particularly diligent during the flu season and you'll be happier in the long run.


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