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Old 11-18-08, 11:52 PM   #1
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You have a nasty cold and lick the envelope closed. I open that envelope 6 days later. Are the germs still there?

You sneeze on the steering wheel and the next day I drive, are the booger bugs still on the wheel?
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Old 11-19-08, 01:49 AM   #2
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yes i would have thought so..unless u kill them with disinfectant between then.



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I read a study once that most people's steering wheels have more germs than their toilet seat.

Which makes sense to me. Most people disinfect their toilet at least once in a while. How many people disinfect their steering wheel?

(I keep a bottle of germX in my car now! I just put it on my hands about once a week and, while still wet, touch all the surfaces I usually touch... steering wheel, door opener latches, stick shift, parking brake, blinker lever and windshield wiper lever, radio knobs. Or you can keep a can of lysol wipes in your car, which I used to do but can't remember why I stopped).
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eww y'all just made me paranoid lol
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Old 11-19-08, 12:31 PM   #5
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lol sorry wc! I have a bit of OCD with these things.

I was keeping lysol wipes in the car too, but they ran out and I've not bought more. And I hate having to wipe stuff down all the time. Cause then I feel like there's chemicals from the wipes all over my hand. Which I would keep sanitizer around for. But I was hoping germs would just drift away and I wouldn't have to worry about this stuff.

I work with mail all day and all I can think about is someone coughing or sneezing on the paperwork and then stuffing it in the envelope.
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there are more germs on ur steering wheel than your toilet seat cus.. well lets face it.. ur hands handle more things than ur ass does. you touch something that someone else touches and that also has the germs on it of whatever someone else has touched and picked up from someone/somewhere else and so on.

but wash ur hands regularly and disinfect stuff regularly and ul cut down on germs a bit



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lmao @ your hands handle more things than your ass does, very true

I'm literally on my way to the sink to wash my hands now lol y'all makin my OCD from when I was a child come back ;)
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Old 11-19-08, 10:17 PM   #8
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What do you mean by "germs," Mousey?
If you mean bacteria, then the wipes will help. But if you mean viruses, the wipes won't keep you from getting sick one bit. Lysol + hand gels + wipes only kill bacteria, not cold viruses. The best thing to do is not to touch your face + just wash your hands when you get home. Old fashioned soap + water.
As for how long viruses last - it depends, I think, same with bacteria... Depends on the conditions (air, temp, etc)
Supposedly viruses grow best in medium temperature, medium humidity...
Bacteria is different... I think it depends.
I don't know, honestly.
I do know however, that by constantly removing the germs from your environment, you are actually making your immune system weaker + possibly making it more likely you might get sick... A few germs won't usually hurt us, not someone with a healthy immune system (enough sleep, vitamins, etc...) anyway..
Also, having exposure to germs allows our bodies to fight off the viruses + create more antibodies, which make us stronger.
Have you ever thought about why teachers aren't sick all the time? they are around runny noses constantly... Hopefully they wash their hands... but this exposure also helps strengthen their immune systems...
One other thing that can weaken immune systems though is allergies... I used to be sick more than half the year bc of mine + my poor sinuses... Got that fixed now though... :p :)
The gov't had even considered banning these antibacterial soaps bc they were actually strengthening the bacteria strains around us... New strains were growing that couldn't be killed by these products... it's like the cold war... it could keep escalating...
Soap and water have been shown to be the most effective, as a result, on both bacteria + viruses...
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Oooo Strawbean excellent point! I never thought about it before, but you're right, teachers never seem to be out sick!

So if someone has the 24 hour virus and send in a piece of mail and I get that mail a week later, I could get the virus?
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all i can say is aahhuugh, eww
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