Germs refer to the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa that can cause disease. They are very resilient. They can, and do, live everywhere. They are found in the air, land and water. They appear on food, plants and animals as well as on almost any kind of surface. They even appear on you.
Contrary to popular belief, not all germs will harm you. In fact, your immune system normally does an outstanding job of protecting you against a plethora of infectious agents. There are some germs, however, that are constantly mutating. As a result, those germs have become quite formidable adversaries and are able to penetrate the defenses of your immune system.
Two of the best ways to protect against germs are to wash your hands frequently and to know where the hot spots for germs are. Everyone is exposed to at least one of six of the hottest spots for germs on a daily basis.
These spots, which will be explained more in depth in the listing, are:
- eat-in trays
- office kitchens
- vacuum cleaners
- public soap dispensers
- hotel light switches
- dining extras