Mothers around the world have always told their children this universal truth-We live in a world of germs. That truth was right up there with being told never to run with scissors in your hand. In that world of germs you will never guess where they really survive and thrive in the daily life of the City. As reported by Monica Andrade in Mens’ Health, a handheld germ counter was used by that magazine’s editor to test the germ count of public surfaces in New York City including “a Starbucks door handle, a taxicab handle, a door knob at Grand Central Terminal, and a city-sponsored Internet kiosk. ” Using a tool that assesses germ contact based upon the bacterial and biological content on surfaces, a rating of 50 or over is something that “should not touch your food. ”
Which do you think is more germy-a hold bar on transit, or a city rental bike? The handlebars of that bike share are 45 times “less hygienic” than the hold bars on the New York City subway. And you certainly shouldn’t have your hands touch food while riding that rental bike.
Here are the counts taken below.
1. Citi Bikeshare handlebar – 1,512
2. Starbucks door handle – 1,090
3. LinkNYC Free Internet kiosk – 807
4. Taxi handle – 424
5. Grand Central door knob – 45
6. Subway hold bars – 35
The Chicago Tribune goes a step farther in identifying some things not normally thought of as being germy-escalator railings, shopping cart handles and gas pump handles. While most bacteria is harmless, regularly washing hands is always a good thing to do.
Mom was indeed right.
October 27, 2017