Dyandra Morris, special to wtop.com
WASHINGTON – With all the holiday shopping coming up…’tis the season to be germy.
Whether prepping for Black Friday or doing some last-minute scrambling on Dec. 24, shoppers are putting themselves at risk for germs lurking in malls — even those that can lead to E. coli, the flu and staph infections.
Health Magazine “asked a panel of experts to rank the worst germ hot spots at your local shopping center.”
Coming out with the top spot? The restroom sink.
“Bacteria, including E. coli, fester on the faucet and handles because people touch those surfaces right after using the toilet,” panelist Dr. Charles Gerba says in the report.
Gerba’s team also found that one in four refillable soap dispensers “contained unsafe levels of bacteria.”
Where are the germiest spots?
“Anywhere people gather is filled with bacteria and viruses, and a crowded shopping mall is a perfect example,” Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, tells Health.
Advice: Carry disinfecting wipes while shopping.
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