Germ Conscious? How Concerned Are You?

Canada
June 8, 2007 11:14am CST
Years ago, people seemed to be less bothered by this. Today, with the threat of mysterious pandemics etc., many seem to be taking 'extra precautions.' Does it worry you to drink from the same glass as someone else, touch doorknobs and handrails, in public places etc.? What 'germ prevention' steps do you take (if any)? I tend to use hand sanitizer more often when I'm out, and am generally more aware of how germs can be spread. I also prefer not to share a glass, or eating utensils with someone. Please share your views on this.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
8 Jun 07
The only aspect in this I adhere to and always have is using others utensils and galsses etc. I won't even drink after my own family members. Just the way I've been for years is all. I don't worry about hand rails etc in public. I won't sit on a toilet without first using a paper towel cleaning it then using the seat donuts supplied or placing a lot of toilet paper on it. Now days so many public restrooms have the sanitizer hand cremes in the rooms. Hahaha! HAPPY POSTINGS FRTOM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Canada
8 Jun 07
I'm like you Grandpa Bob, as I don't like to drink or eat using the same utensils as 'anyone.' My family teases me about this, and calls me a 'germophob.' The only exception, was, I used to share these items with my (late) husband, and my daughter, when she was little. I wipe the seat too, and wish we were supplied with 'seat donuts' up here also, but I've never seen them. The sanitizer is a 'great invention.' Thanks very much Grandpa Bob.:)
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
8 Jun 07
these "donuts" are shaped like the seat and theres usually a steel box with them right by the toilet also. Very handy indeed.
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• Canada
10 Jun 07
Thanks, Grandpa Bob, we need to get some of these up our way.:)
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I am very concerned because germs are so virus related. I try to bevery careful not to cross transmit/ or contaiminate and clean very thoroughly. I think we can reduce alot of illness and alergy symptoms by being clean.
• Canada
6 Aug 07
Hi eaforeman6, I agree with you, as we're told that one of the best ways not to transmit germs is good old-fashioned hand washing. I think it can prevent things like the common cold etc. from spreading. I've also noticed that kids are being taught to 'sneeze into their sleeve' these days, instead of putting their hand to their mouth. A very good idea. Thanks for sharing.
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• United States
6 Aug 07
I keep hand sanitizer in my purse and in my car. I don't share drink with people nor the utensils I am eating with. I am not a full-blown germ worry wart. But, I do take precautions.
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• Canada
6 Aug 07
Hi ElusiveButterfly, I also keep hand sanitizer in my purse, as many times it just makes me feel cleaner, if I'm out and can't wash my hands, especially before eating. I don't normally share drink or utensils either, with the only exception being that occasionally I'll share with my daughter. Thanks for your response.
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@weemam (13377)
10 Jun 07
I don't mind sharing a glass with my hubby or my son , I am germ conscious though , we were at Loch Lomond a drive today , I have IBS and I take baby wipes in the car , I wash the seat before I sit down and I flush with a clean wipe . In the hose I clean with a stem cleaner ( as I have asthma and there is no smell) I should do this a lot more than I do but I never seem to find the time lol , xx
• Canada
10 Jun 07
Actually, I'll share a glass with my daughter as well. I 'believe' I have IBS too, and so have to be careful what I use due to this. I've had tests to check for something more serious, and thankfully I'm okay, so think this is the problem. Those wipes are a great invention.:) I think in my case, I've become more conscious of these things, in the last few years. Thanks so much for sharing.
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• Austria
8 Jun 07
10 years ago I used to carry hand sanitizer in my purse all the time, never left the house without it, didn't like touching door handles, hates shaking hands. Then I had kids, and I saw how they drop food on the floor and lived, how they stuck everything in their mouths and lived, how they sucked stranger's fingers and lived. So I'm over the germ thing, and I don't care about pandemics, I think that's all just media induced fear mongering.
• Canada
10 Jun 07
I agree with you, in that the media can really get people whipped into a frenzy over some things. I still carry my hand sanitizer, and feel good about using it. You're right too, about things changing when you have kids, as my mother used to live by the old saying 'everyone eats a peck of dirt before they die.' Thanks for your response.
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@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
20 Aug 07
i care of hands before putting i food, use antigermatic handwash, use antigermatic room freshnar or something twice a week to kill the germs in the air and other kind of freshner for everyday use, mainly plug in freshners. i take more care og antigermatic things after comming back from work as i work in the lab with lots of bacterias and ecoli!!!!
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• Canada
20 Aug 07
I can understand why you'd want to be extra cautious, when it comes to germs, because of your line of work. These types of bacterias can be so deadly. Handwashing is very important before handling food, and I'm a stickler about that too. I also like to use plug in fresheners etc. Thanks for sharing.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
20 Aug 07
While I wouldn't want to share a glass or utensils with someone, I'm not that paranoid about "germs"--actually do you realize, that due to all the anti-bacterial paraphenalia out there..soups, lotions, detergents, cleaning agents, that we have created MORE germs? All that bacteria has gotten stronger as a result...that is why when we get sick, many anti-biotics don't work like they used to or as well since the bacteria has gotten stronger and more resistant. So no wonder we should be in a sense more concerned...we made the situation worse!!
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• Canada
20 Aug 07
Hi pyewacket, The only person I'll share glasses and utensils with, is my daughter, once in awhile. Somehow, using hand sanitizer when I'm out, makes me feel cleaner, especially if I'm going to eat, and there's not a washroom nearby. A couple of other respondants have commented that we've made things worse, as well. The fact that it's getting harder to find antibiotics that work, is quite scary, when I think about it. Thanks for your response.