The Hidden Dangers Of “High-Touch” Surfaces

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( — Many of us may remember our grandmother or mother warning us to put paper down on a public toilet seat or open a public bathroom door with a piece of tissue or paper towel rather than our bare hands. Those notions may have seemed silly or old-fashioned at the time, but recent science has proven that certain “high-touch” surfaces can indeed harbor bacteria, viruses and other organisms that can actually make us sick.

Can You Even Count The Number Of Surfaces You Touch Every Day?


“High-touch” surfaces are generally defined as those surfaces that garner frequent and high volume use by multiple people, and they can be found in stores, restrooms, hotels, offices, schools, gyms, restaurants—anywhere that large numbers of people frequent. Some of the worst offenders, according to recent research, are mailbox handles, gas pumps and ATM buttons.