We are making our lists and checking them twice and for sure GERMS are not listed anywhere in our holiday must-haves. Even the most stalwart online shopper has to join the rounds at the shopping centers and malls this season, so how do you pick the perfect gifts and leave the germs behind?
With the onset of winter and cough and cold season, just being out and about means you are exposed to germs. Make sure you stock up on Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® and swab before leaving the house and while you are shopping to help protect against germs. Nozin kills up to 99.99% of germs, making it an effective holiday shopping partner.
Be aware of the most germ-infested spots:
- Dirty Money – this can be taken literally: Researchers say that one in every 12 bank cards has fecal bacteria on it. One in seven bills are contaminated, too. Keeping hand sanitizer with you and washing your hands frequently is important. (Cleveland Clinic)
- ATM keypads – Especially the “Enter” button! Hand hygiene is vital.
- Shopping Carts – there is a reason that many stores offer sanitizing wipes for carts: people sneezing and coughing, leaking diapers, and all types of bacteria were found on shopping carts.
- Restroom sinks – The faucets, soap dispensers, and sink surfaces themselves make for a breeding ground for “unsafe levels” of bacteria and are way more “contaminated” than toilet seats!
- Your cell phone – Think of how many times you touch your cell phone throughout your shopping excursions and then put it up to your face. More on germs and cell phones here.
- Restaurant menus & food court tables & condiment dispensers – Don’t be fooled by the occasional staff wipe-downs of tables, either. If they’re not using disinfecting agents, they could actually be spreading more germs – including those that people pick up from restroom sinks. And…some germs can survive up to 18 hours on hard surfaces.
- Lemon and lime wedges in drinks, and free food samples – A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health “found 25 different microorganisms lingering on the 76 lemons they secured [from 21 different restaurants], including E. coli and other fecal bacteria.” As for the food samples, an article on Foxnews.com describes them as “communal hand-to-germ-to-mouth zones.”
Some surprises for the germiest places in a mall:
- Escalator handrails and elevator buttons – carry the same germs mentioned above and very similar to shopping carts. Be aware of touching a handrail, button, or handle and then touching your mouth or nose.
- Toy stores – Think about how kids put their hands and faces all over everything. Think about how they’re constantly dropping things on the floor. Think about the trail of germs they leave in their wake.
- Fitting rooms – Any guesses as to where the germs are here? They’re on the clothes themselves! Sweat, germs, blood, germs, skin cells, germs…
- Gadget shops – What do we do in gadget shops? Touch! Apparently, viruses enjoy hanging out on and traveling between glass surfaces. Their friends – skin rashes, staph, and cold and flu germs – don’t mind the hangouts, either.
- Makeup Samples – You might end up picking up a staph infection right along with the latest lipstick shade. A 2005 study found that between 67% and 100% of makeup-counter testers were contaminated with bacteria, including staph, strep, and E. coli.
Good handwashing techniques, carrying hand sanitizer, and using Nozin Nasal Sanitizer are all smart ways to beat the bah humbugs of germs this holiday season. Wishing you all that is merry and bright!