How to Avoid Germs

Here are some steps on how to be extra cautious of germs that could make you sick in virtually any situation in life, from the workplace to social events. Read on from step one below for exactly how to avoid germs.


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    Take a shower shortly after being around someone who is sick. Use antibacterial soap if the person was unwell with a contagious condition. There's no need to do this if you've been around a person sick with something non-communicable, like cancer, or a migraine.
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    Avoid using other people's food utensils. Never eat off someone else's plate or drink their beverage. Don't use his or her utensils, even if it's someone close to you. Being careful is the best policy.
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    Carry a pen. When someone offers you a pen to use, you can use your own clean pen instead.
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    Use wet wipes as often as needed. Some examples include:
    • When you pump gas for your car, always use a wet wipe to clean your hands when you get back in your car. There could be billions of active germs or spores on the gas pump at the gas station, since they are rarely cleaned.[citation needed]
    • Always wipe down your steering wheel and gear shift with a wet wipe every time you get in your car.
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    Take extra precautions in public bathrooms.
    • Flush the toilet with your foot, not your hand. Cover the flush in your dirty shoe germs for the next less paranoid, normal person.
    • If there are no seat covers in a bathroom, cover the seat with toilet paper. Hover over rather than sit on the seat and give yourself a bladder infection from not emptying it properly.
    • Use the paper towel that you just used to dry your hands, to turn off the faucet, and also to open the door.
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    Wipe off the shopping cart hand rail with a wet wipe when you go to a grocery or department store. Thousands of people have touched that same shopping cart and you never know where their hands have been.
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    Wash your hands at appropriate times each day, no matter where you are or have been throughout the day. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Apply soap, lather well, and rub your hands for at least 30 seconds. Rinse well, and dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.[1]
    • If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.[2]
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    Avoid germs by simply washing your hands before you eat and before you touch any of your body's vulnerable places. Germs cannot penetrate skin, but they get into your body through open wounds, your mouth, eyes, nose, ears, and other body openings. If you do not allow contaminated items, food or otherwise, to come into contact with these parts of your body, germs cannot harm you.


  • Be friendly with people. There is a way to keep yourself from getting germs without coming off as having a personalty disorder or OCD. Be discreet about all your precautions.
  • The goal is to protect others, plus number-one and your family; it's up to you to avoid getting sick or spreading sickness to your friends and loved ones.
  • Think of the good of others. Don't take care of yourself until you take into consideration and take responsibility for the good of others, if you have any doubts about purity of food and drink or cleanliness of facilities.


  • Phobias and OCD are psychological states which are not always about germs; instead, a person may feel the hands must be washed regardless of where one is or when.[citation needed] This kind of ritualistic behavior can become progressively more disabling.[citation needed] One may develop two or more compulsions, general anxiety disorder, possibly experience panic attacks which may accompany development of agoraphobia, fear of leaving one's residence.[citation needed]
  • Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap, and may actually lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the antimicrobial agents, making it harder to eliminate them in the future.[3]

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