You don’t have to be a germaphobe to worry about germs. While thinking about germs can become a compulsion, there are other reasons why you should turn your attention to the topic – one being that germs might not be where you’d ordinarily suspect, so knowing more about them can help you avoid illness.
The truth is that the germiest places are often literally right under our nose, yet we don’t consider potential danger because they’re not thought of as “typical” places for germs to hide out (like in a bathroom, for example). Let’s take a closer look at 13 places you might find germs that you may never have considered…
1. Your Mobile Devices
According to statistics, more than 3-billion people around the world now use smartphones (which is expected to hit nearly 4-billion by 2021). But while that means more people than ever will be connected, it also means more possibility of being infected by germs.
Your hands (and maybe other’s hands) are touching your phone several times a day, and let’s be honest, you’re not usually washing your hands before or after you use it. A lot of bacteria can hide out on smartphones (and tablets) – Time actually states that phones are 10-times dirtier than a toilet seat — think about that for a moment. And keep in mind you’re also bringing that phone to your mouth to talk occasionally.