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Don't Touch That! 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Germs in Public Places

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Shop smart: Don't touch the cart. — Photo by Paul Burns/Cultura/Aurora Photos

6. Grocery Carts

The handles of almost two-thirds of the shopping carts tested in a 2007 study at the University of Arizona were contaminated with fecal bacteria. In fact, the bacterial counts of the carts exceeded those of the average public restroom. To protect yourself: Swab the handle with a disinfectant wipe before grabbing hold (stores are starting to provide them, so look around for a dispenser). And while you're wheeling around the supermarket, skip the free food samples, which are nothing more than communal hand-to-germ-to-mouth zones.

Next: Germs in the air. »

Article used with permission of Prevention.com.

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