Coronavirus – 12 Things you Touch

Coronavirus through 12 of the things you touch – I thought that we would go through some of the things that can spread the Coronavirus that you may not have thought about.

Even more important – we suggest ways that you can prevent the spread of germs. Here we go with a list of 12 things (and this is by no means an exhaustive list!)

Table of Contents:

  • 1 Mobile phone
  • Newspapers
  • Fuel pumps
  • ATM’s
  • Post and parcels
  • Shopping
  • Stairs and escalators
  • Handbags
  • Keyboards, remote controls
  • People
  • Public transport
  • Playgrounds and parks

1 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Your mobile phone is absolutely disgusting

Think about it. you pick up and put down your mobile lots of times every day, on various surfaces. Then you put it against your face to make calls etc. That is probably the biggest way of catching anything going!

A 2018 study from Initial Washroom Hygiene found that phones are more than six times dirtier than toilet seats, according to the Daily Mail.  One study found that loads of people took their phones into the loo with them.

“A smartphone which is brought into a washroom will invariably end up with invisible traces of faeces and urine on it,” hygiene expert Lisa Ackerley said in a report. “These will then transfer to the owner’s hands.”

Come on, own up. Have you ever sat on the toilet then got out your phone to while away the time? Yes, you washed your hands after, I bet you didn’t wash your phone too!

Coronavirus - The Things you Touch:

So try and make calls using hands-free. And don’t take them to the loo in the first place. That is just gross.

Don’t let anyone else touch your phone, and don’t touch anyone else’s if you can possibly help it!

Try and keep it clean – probably the best thing is a glasses cleaner wipe (it is about the only wipe that you can get these days).

Be very aware of the danger of this germ-ridden device.

2 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Cancel newspapers immediately.

From the person who prints and bundles them up, to the lorry driver that takes them to distribution centres, the van driver who delivers to the newsagents, the newsagent who writes on them, and to the delivery boy or girl – you are simply inviting germs into your home. Paper is probably the worst culprit for the transmission of germs – anything from the Coronavirus to Norovirus, to influenza and all sorts of other nasties.

Instead, simply use your phone, tablet or PC to read news online, or even better – simply ignore the news!

3 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Filling up with fuel

The fuel pump is another place where hundreds of people put their germs on. Use the gloves provided every time – or if there are none, sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.

4 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: ATM’s and Card Machines

Did you know that ATM machines are actually dirtier than a public toilet seat? Same with card readers. So the key is to clean your hands after using an ATM (try not to use them because the money that comes out is dirty too).

And a big tip with card machines is to fill up with just under £30 of fuel etc., so you can pay contactless. Yes, it is a bit of a drag, but so is lying in a hospital bed not being able to breathe.

5 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Post and parcels

Just think about what happens when the post arrives. It drops onto the dirtiest place in the house (the doormat) and you pick it up to flick through it. Then you might make a cuppa so you can sit down and read the post.

Probably the best advice to give is to go through the post, throw away the junk mail, then wash your hands before you do anything else.

6 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Shopping

Wow – what a biggie! It is difficult to know where to start.

To be quite honest, it is possibly the biggest source of the spread of the virus. Hundreds of people, all in one place handling food, tins, vegetables…then they put their shopping on the checkout, and put their cards in the machines, etc. I really don’t understand why they haven’t installed hand sanitizers at the entrance of every supermarket, to help prevent the virus from going into the shop in the first place.

So – here’s what we personally do to reduce the risk of contamination.

First of all, I wear disposable gloves. If I have forgotten my gloves, I will sanitize my hands BEFORE I touch the trolley. After all, I may be carrying the virus or other germs into the supermarket myself, and as much as I don’t want to catch anything, I want to reduce the chances of killing someone off!

Clearly, you have to pick up foodstuffs on the way around the shop. You cant avoid that. So don’t touch your face. Use contactless payment if you can, and before you go to the car, sanitize your hands on the way out. After all, you don’t want to put germs on your car door handles or boot lid. It really doesn’t matter how silly you feel or might look, you are protecting yourself and others. So just do it.

7 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Stairs and escalators

Whilst on the subject of shopping, try to avoid the rails on escalators and stairs. A study conducted on the escalator handrails in a mall found food, E. coli, urine, mucus, faeces, and blood — how gross! That goes the same for shop doors, door handles, escalator buttons, car park pay machines – anything else that the great unwashed touch. That part is all common sense really.

8 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Handbags and shopping bags

A study has shown that the bottoms of handbags are on average three times dirtier than a loo seat. So be careful where you put them – bus seats, park benches, etc. Keep your handbag off the ground if you can. If your bag is leather or plastic, wipe it down with a cloth.

If you have cloth shopping for life bags, put them in the washing machine regularly. Reusable bags are great for the environment – however, they can harbour all sorts of stuff from meats and other foodstuffs, including bacteria and E.coli.

9 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Keyboards and remote controls

Keyboards can have up to five times the germs of the toilet seat. When you eat food at your desk and touch communal surfaces around the office and your home, germs find a home in the keys. It is the same with remote controls – everyone in the family picks them up without a second thought. And if these kind of things are in communal places, such as care homes, offices, and similar environments, any disease could spread rapidly.

It makes you think, doesn’t it?

10 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Don’t mingle, go single

(I coined that phrase 🙂 )

We’ve all heard the advice – 2 metres apart, etc. However, it is amazing the number of people who are totally ignoring it. They mingle in public parks and other places, and where we live in Norfolk, there are hordes of tourists flocking to the coast on sunny days to get away from places like London – the biggest breeding ground of Coronavirus. Stay away, dammit! You are spreading the virus everywhere you go…

I think the best thing we can do is to keep our 2-metre distance as advised, whilst enjoying the fresh air and getting some exercise. If we meet people we know, think of it as respecting their space, not thinking that they might have the lurgi, and treating them like lepers. It could hurt their feelings.

11 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Public transport

Need we say more? Handles, straps, doors, seats – yuk….I was going to say avoid public transport like the plague…but you know where I am coming from.

12 Coronavirus – Things you Touch: Playgrounds, parks, etc.

This is by far the largest carrier of germs, far outstripping all the other items mentioned. Swings, slides, the witches hat (do they still have those in playgrounds?) are literally swamped with all sorts of bugs, germs, etc. So let’s let the kids have their fun and use the stuff, but it might just be a good idea to thoroughly wash their hands after they have been on the swings and before they start stuffing themselves with sweets or sandwiches!

Summary

That is a basic outline of tips with regard to the things we touch in everyday lives, and never normally worry about them. Please don’t get me wrong – I am not trying to teach my granny to suck eggs. On the contrary – leave a comment below if you have tips on how to protect yourself and your family that I haven’t covered here.

See also:

How to sanitize your shopping

How to Protect Yourself

How to Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

Table of Contents:

  • 1 Mobile phone
  • Newspapers
  • Fuel pumps
  • ATM’s
  • Post and parcels
  • Shopping
  • Stairs and escalators
  • Handbags
  • Keyboards, remote controls
  • People
  • Public transport
  • Playgrounds and parks

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