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Superbugs and bacteria: Dr. Oz reveals what you should look out for

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Many Americans have been exercising extreme caution in an effort to avoid contact with the latest strain of the influenza virus and the highly contagious superbug. Over the past couple of years these viral and bacterial infections have grown increasingly aggressive and in some people these infections have developed immunity to treatment.

Dr. Oz provided some insight on common health myths and what the public should be aware of on his show on February 26.

Overusing antibiotics:

Antibiotics are given as treatment for bacterial infections but they also antibiotics kill good bacteria. Antibiotics should not be taken beyond prescribed dosage, time frame and only if you are certain you have a bacterial infection. Antibiotics should not be taken to treat viral infections as they may develop immunity to the antibiotics.

Public toilets and sinks:

Dr. Oz conducted and experiment in his studio restroom in which surfaces where tested for germs and bacteria. The findings show that the restroom sinks contained more bacteria that the toilets. Out of all surfaces tested the toilet seats were the cleanest.

The findings where organized by the number of germs found with 0 being the least:
Toilets - 50
Bathroom lock - 587
Sink - 689

Which stall is the cleanest?

The cleanest bathroom stalls to use are the ones closet to the door. They usually contain the least amount of germs, and contain the most toilet paper.

How long should you wash your hands?

Studies have shown that washing your hands for 20 seconds or more kills the majority of germs and bacteria from hands.



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