9 surprising places where germs lurk
Viruses and bacteria can linger for weeks, so beware of that remote control
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By Andy Miller, contributor
Itís time to stock up on chicken soup, Kleenex and anxiety ó the flu and cold season has arrived. Some people may ignore flu shot shortages and a co-workerís sniffles, but the rest of us hit the barricades, armed with soap, a full medicine cabinet and wariness when offered a handshake.
Germs that cause illness lurk in some out-of-the way spots, and bacteria and viruses can remain active on surfaces for days or even weeks, especially in wet areas. "Because of the natural moisture of our skin, we easily pick up these organisms, and we transfer them to our face," says Elizabeth Scott, co-director of Boston's Simmons College Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community. Good hygiene in the home is especially important for people with compromised immune systems, Scott notes.
(Click on the "Next" button above for some surprising (and some icky) places where germs hang out ó and what you can do to protect yourself.)
Video: Yuck! Places where germs lurk