Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I am not a germophobe, but....

I'm not a germophobe — at least I don't identify as one — but I am cautious. Do you do any of these things?

  1. When passing by someone who looks very dirty or very ill, I hold my breath.
  2. In a crowded elevator, I hold my breath as long as possible.
  3. The first thing I do when arriving back home is to wash my hands.
  4. I never place my purse on top of my kitchen table. The bottom of a purse has touched many dirty places and I don't want my tabletop to share those germs.
  5. At the market, when getting my shopping cart, I always put that front flap UP. I don't do it to cover up the holes at the front of the basket. I do it to avoid putting food on the flap when it is left down, since that is where many a child with a dirty diaper has sat.
  6. When possible, I press knobs and buttons with something other than a finger. Consider how many people from all over the world are using the toilets in Target. One finger on the wrong button, followed by scratching my face, can give me the germs that someone infected from overseas (or the U.S.) has left behind. Please don't remind me of the Target bathroom door that is crawling with microbes...

I have resisted buying any of those hand disinfectants and probably will continue to do so, but only because a bottle would not fit in my purse. Meanwhile, I will continue holding my breath.

And now if you can, have a nice day.    :-) 


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