Top 5 Germiest Places to Avoid During Flu Season

You might want to think twice before touching certain surfaces. Here is a list of the top places and items to avoid this flu season.

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Preventing the spread of germs is crucial as nearly half of the U.S. reports widespread cases of the flu. While, vaccinations are a key line of defense, there are also some germ-ridden places and items you should avoid touching.
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All drivers need fuel in the tank to run their cars. Protect yourself from germ-ridden nozzles by wrapping a paper towel around it. If you're using a card to pay, use the paper towel to punch in your information, as well.
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Carry a pen everywhere you go. Whether you're at work, a bank or signing a receipt, public pens are contaminated with other people's germs.
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Don't be afraid to reject handshakes during flu season. If the situation is unavailable, wash or sanitize your hands immediately after.
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People are constantly using their phones. Cut down on spreading germs by wiping your phone down with a disinfecting wipe. That way, when showing your friends pictures or videos, they don't contract germs.
Even sick people need cash! AFC rates ATM machines as the most germ-ridden place to avoid this flu season. You can prevent transferring germs to your body by using a knuckle to punch numbers instead of your fingertips.
Another suggestion from the AFC includes wiping down frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, door knobs, etc.) at work, especially if someone is ill.
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