The Water Cooler – Germs

May 8, 2014 12:15 pm · 41 comments

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Today’s question:

Are you extra careful when it comes to germs? Example: Do you ever open the door of a public restroom with a paper towel?

Talk about it….

1 Meemo May 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

In California, the only state in the union where I have been where men don’t lift the seat before they do their standing business, yes. I am extra careful in all public restrooms.

2 Brian May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I am a germaphobe. I will always use a paper towel to use a public door handle. Especially in a bathroom.

3 Me May 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

There was a man who studied air samples and germs his whole life who would not go outside without a mask on. One day after years of sterile living in fear of what he saw in microscopes floating in the air he forgot his mask. He died shortly after.

4 All the time... May 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Everywhere , not phobic, just careful.

5 Shelly May 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Totally. Once I get the door ajar with the paper towell/tissue/whatever, I open it the rest of the way with my foot.

6 Horse n around May 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I use a paper towel to open the door handles in the restroom. Some women don’t even flush the damn toilet. So you know they don’t wash their hands. Also I do wipe down cart handles when I go shopping.

7 Anon May 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

No, not a germaphobe and I think I’m healthier than most, esp the freaks who feel the need to use antibac gel every 1/2 hour (no evidence these work, in fact data shows that long term exposure to active ingredients in these gels/soaps can pose health risks). There are good germs too and we cannot live without them.

8 Concordejet May 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Yes, people are so afraid of germs that instead of a hand shake they use their knuckle hand rather than a hand shaking.

9 Almost There May 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I don’t use public restrooms.

10 anon May 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m not a fan of those that do not know how to sneeze. COVER IT UP! That is nasty ~ and those germs go everywhere!
Touch no door, gas pump or ATM

11 missime May 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Nope. I do the basics, wash hands, use seatcovers, etc. My personal philosophy is that exposure to low levels of germs builds immunity. “Dust bunnies” are good for the immune system. We are rarely ill in my family, and I think it is in part due to germ exposure just enough to build up immunity.

12 BathroomGerms May 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Not a germaphobe, but I am careful. I do use a papertowel to oepn the bathroom door. There are people who do not flush the toilet and do not wash their hands either. Really realy gross. Had a friend once who used to use tampons and did not wash her hands when leaving the bathroom. That day, I made her wash her hands. YUCK! My man’s daughter is the same way. She’s filthy and gives me the heebie jeeeeeebies. ICK!.

13 down and out May 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I eat food and drink drinks from the trash but I also use paper towels to open restroom doors. Go figure.

14 Britney Spears May 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

No, I often walk barefoot in public restrooms and never had any problems.

15 Pyrrhus May 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I wash my hands after I use the restroom or when i get my hands dirty. Other than that, nope! Everyone is so worried about germs, build up your immunity a bit. I haven’t had the flu in a good 3 years, and before that maybe 4 or 5.

16 Anonymous May 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

We’ll , after I read the phantom-furion posts I always wash the computer screen.

17 Jess May 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I try to be careful, but I don’t think I’m obsessive about it. I sometimes use a paper towel to open a rest room door. I keep a little hand sanitizer in my purse, but I don’t always remember to use it before I eat in a restaurant. I’m most careful when it comes to food handling in the kitchen. I always wash my hands before I start to cook and I’m very careful about washing my hands after touching raw meat.

18 waverunner May 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Meemo – and you know that – how?

19 Mr. John May 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Far from it. The more you encounter, the better your body is at fighting it. I’ve always had a strong immune system and I attribute it to being a filthy kid and not going beyond the basics on these issues as an adult.

20 Julio May 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I think we are cautious but not to the freeky side. Some exposure to things makes our systems better. I hate public restrooms though. Use the paper towel/foot method.

21 mohairs May 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Are you kidding?! I even only touch my husband with paper towels!! LOL

22 Anon2you May 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Public restrooms are disgusting and filthy places, and as a community service and health precaution, I urinate and defecate in nature, so as to not be nasty of course.

23 Cat Smith May 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I’m very concerned about germs everywhere! Especially any place public, e.g., restaurants and after handling money. I’m also verbal about someone who is visably sick. I wanted an item recently and left the store due to a sick clerk. The manager brought the item outside for me to purchase including hand sanitizer! I feel sorry for anyone that is sick, but there’s no excuse putting the public at risk. They should put a sign on their door, “Sick person ~ enter at your own risk”. My husband also performs handyman work for a local doctor’s office and he says that foreigners use the restroom and leave their “issue” on the floor next to the toilet. He gets called in to clean it up. The people from other cultures think our toilets are germ filled and refuse to use them.

24 Noflow May 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I run to a sink and wash my hands vigorously while singing the ABC song every time I read a comment from Ye Phanturd!

25 Pleasant Hill Resident I May 8, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I generally stick to the basics, but I will occasionally use a paper towel to open the door up after I’ve washed my hands if I know for a fact that there is a garbage can by the restroom door/just outside of the restroom.

In my experience, the people who are overly paranoid about germs/take many extra precautions tend to be the ones who are always sick. I’m guessing that’s likely related to their not allowing their bodies to have exposure to everyday germs that they may otherwise become immune to.

I don’t receive flu shots and I haven’t had the flu or anything more than a cold in well over five years, so I’m fine with sticking to basic precautions :)

26 Silva May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I just wash my hands a lot.

27 Aspirin May 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Humans are equipped with natural defenses against germs. Too sterile of an environment will weaken our resistance to germs and disease. Don’t be paranoid about germs. You are being victimized by chemical companies selling snake oil to germophobes. THINK ! Everything you touch and the air you breathe is loaded with germs. YOU are loaded with good germs equipped to fight bad ones. When you kill germs you kill the good along with the bad. This is NOT NATURAL. Educate yourselves instead of being a bunch of sheep too afraid to touch a doorknob.

28 Ancient Mariner May 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Depends whose germs – I’d rather pet a dog then shake a person’s hand.

I was in a lunch meeting. They sent out for sandwiches and stuff. All the people came in and we shook hands. Before we started, I made an excuse and left to wash my hands before eating. After I came back I was just about to tuck in when a latecomer showed up and I had to shake his hand, too. I couldn’t very well make another excuse to leave so I just pretended not to be hungry so I wouldn’t have to touch my food with contaminated hands.

29 RunDogRun May 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I don’t use public restrooms …
fire hydrants … always fire

30 Subterfuge May 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Just when it comes to food. I have a robust and healthy immune system because I’ve never been OCD about germs.

31 Mimi (original) May 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

In public restrooms the paper towel/foot method for opening the door to leave. Otherwise I just wash my hands A LOT! Everyone else in my office was out sick at least 3x during the winter, but me – NEVER!

32 Mr.Clean May 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Hell yes,shopping carts are the worse.Filthy dirty.Babys in diapers sat in the top of the cart I use when I buy a weeks worth of groceries.(dont’ use the tray at the top of the cart).Full of germs.

33 Lari May 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Not always with the paper towel – definitely in hospitals, though! But since I ride BART every day, I always wipe hands with a little bottle of Purell after hanging on to anything on those trains.

34 Anon May 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Since the Concord BART restrooms are always dirty, with the urine soaked floor around the toilet, I just avoid the situation completely, and just pee in the sink.

35 Anonymous May 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

If the bathroom has hand blowers, then I resort to my shirt sleeve ANYTHING!! Wash my hands alot and keep sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer in my car. Having an auto immune disease forces me to be over cautious.

36 nytemuvr May 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I had a girlfriend once who’s Mom taught her to stand on the seat and squat in public restrooms and this was in the 70s…..but her Mom was mentally sick.

37 Suzanne May 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I carry hand sanitizer with me at all times.

38 Woody Allen May 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

nytemuvr, I used to teach kids the same thing. That’s how Soon Yi and I invented Lap Dancing.

39 fyi on hand sanitizer May 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

don’t let your pets lick your hands, that stuff is a killer for animals and even small children.

40 Subterfuge May 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

@ Woody Allen;
That was priceless.

41 I so remember the '70's May 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

ntyemvur, I would have thought you were tailing about me, except I never had a daughter.

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