Did you know that the supermarket is dangerous? This goes for any cart-pushing, scooter-riding establishment. Ask yourself if you've ever felt at some kind of risk in the grocery store (besides being run over by some kid racing around with a cart)?
After growing older and having multiple back surgeries and related illnesses, I find that I am more conscious of picking up some kind of bug from things that are touched by other people, whether they are well or sick or are handled by snot-nosed kids.
My local grocery store provides a large sanitary wipe dispenser at the door to use as you like. I find them most useful for wiping the handles of the little electric carts used by the disabled and to sanitize handles of grocery carts.
Other uses could be to wipe your hands after picking up raw chicken, seafood and other leaky products to avoid salmonella. Even when wrapped, these types of things can still infect unwashed hands. People sometimes look at me and think I'm a crazy health nut, but hey, I'm not sick!
By Sue123 from Oroville, CA
As I get older, I am being much more health conscious too. Mainly because I have adult onset diabetes, high blood pressure and some of the other things that go with it.
I became paranoid 13 yrs ago when my 2yr old son was dx with Leukemia & learned how dangerous the germ exposure was to his weak immune system. You should have seen the looks I got back then when I used antiseptic wipes on grocery carts, high chairs, tables, etc & wiped our hands before we ate in public! I still do because it seems every time I go to a store (Walmart especially),if I don't wipe the cart & then my hands when I'm done, I end up sick in a few days. My daughter became a believer winter before last when her 1yr old twins kept getting sick a few days after she'd take them shopping with her - now we wipe down everything they can touch in the cart!
I do the same things you do plus, once finished at the checkout stand (those debit/credit machine buttons and pens have nasty's on them too), I grab another on the way out the door.
I was diagnosed with Emphysema one year ago and it was made quite clear to me that the flu and even a cold will land me in the hospital for up to a week or more. No thanks! I'd rather sleep at home with my kitty cat ;-)
For years I have carried those little sanitary cloths in my purse to wipe my hands before eating out or cleaning the cart handle in the grocery. Now they provide them in the stores but sometimes they are out. So I still carry my own. Here is a tip for the meat packages. In stores that provide plastic bags for the meat, Take the plastic bag, put your hand in it then pick up the meat. With your free hand pull the bag over the meat package. You have never touched the package.
I use the wipes everywhere too. Keep them in my purse and car just in case. I also buy the small size Lysol (travel size) and keep in my purse. I use it to spray things if I run out of wipes or to spray the handles/locks etc in a public restroom.
Germophobe - I guess I might be. Better safe than sick.
The hospital I spent my birthday in, has the hand cleaner dispensers out side the door to every room and also inside every room, plus the glove stations and along the hall ways , and now at all the information and check in windows. The nurses come in and hit that dispenser before putting on the gloves. They hit the dispensers again after they take off the gloves as they are leaving the room. I carry the small refillable hand sanitizing gel on my purse strap. And we have a larger one in the car and wet naps too. I wipe down all handles, door knobs and my hands after touching anything in stores no matter what kind they are.
One thing more, Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Be more aware. You will be surprised how many times you'll catch yourself doing all three. GG Vi
As I leave the grocery I will often grab a fresh one so that I can clean my steeringwheel, gear shift lever, door handles, etc
That plastic thing in the cart where a child sits flips up and down. I always flip the thing up before I sit my purse there. I figure a parent flips the thing down so the child won't be sitting on the wires. I don't want my purse sitting on something where a child with soiled pants as sit.
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