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When heading out into a public place, health is often the last thing on many of our minds. However, there’s a good change you could contract a virus or disease simply through the germs you pick up in public.

The average person could potentially touch up to 30 objects in the space of just one minute, which includes light switches, doorknobs, TV remotes, or even the inside of a bag or purse, and that’s just inside your own home!

In your own home, it’s easy to ensure everything stays clean, but when out and about, there’s no guarantee the surfaces you come into contact with have been sanitized correctly.

Where are germs most commonly found

While germs can be found anywhere, there are a number of culprits that are especially known for presenting a risk.

Restaurant Menus

A study published in the Journal of Medical Virology concluded that viruses, such as cold and flu can survive for approximately 18 hours on a hard surface.

In a restaurant, hundreds of people will be served each day, all of whom will be touching a menu. As a result, you should avoid letting the menu come into contact with your plate or utensils. You should also make a quick to the restroom after placing your order to wash your hands, or carry a miniature sanitizer to use at the table.

Lemon Slices

The Journal of Environmental Health concluded in a study that around 70% of lemon wedges placed on drinks in bars and restaurants contain microbes which could cause disease. The researchers ordered drinks at 21 different bars and discovered 25 different microorganisms on the lemons they received, including E. Coli and similar fecal bacteria.

This is simple to avoid, simply ask your bartender to serve your drink without fruit.

Condiment Bottles

Condiment containers are often just left on the tables until empty, meaning they’re rarely washed or cleaned to a reasonable level of sanitation. You may also wish to consider that many people don’t wash their hands before eating, meaning the germs then build up on each bottle. Ensure you wipe it before use and use sanitizer afterwards to maintain optimum protection.