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Germs: Uncovered

By Shu-Ming Wang, MD March 04, 2019 Posted in: Wellness


While we all dread and try our best to avoid them, the bottom line is, they’re everywhere! But there are some things you can do to minimize exposure. CHI Health will help you uncover the truth about germs!

Where can Germs Grow?

Germs and bacteria are a constant in our everyday lives. To grow, they need: moisture, warmth, and time. Does that remind you of anywhere? Beyond the obvious places, have you ever thought about your toothbrush holders?! Yes, bacteria loves it there! Yuck! In addition to cleaning your toothbrush holder, you’ll also want to regularly clean your: TV remotes, make up brushes, purses, computer keyboards, even salt and pepper shakers.

Where else do germs run rampant? Your phone! Ask yourself this, when was the last time you cleaned your phone? We’re constantly breathing on them, sharing them with others, and touching them with dirty hands.

How to Clean and Avoid Germs

The best way to clean your phone is with rubbing alcohol. Whenever cleaning your phone, other products or rooms in the house make sure to dry every surface thoroughly after you clean it.

One of the simplest and best ways to keep items clean around the house, is simply by washing your hands.

The bottom line is that germs are everywhere at all times. Obsessing over them doesn’t help, so don’t go overboard trying to clean every last germ. Exposure to them keeps our immune systems strong and active. To help avoid spreading them, just use common sense like covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands regularly. I’m Dr. Shu-Ming Wang and thanks for Uncovering the secret hideouts of germs. Be sure to check back for more from CHI Health: Uncovered.

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Shu-Ming Wang, MD
Shu-Ming Wang, MD

Dr. Shu-Ming Wang is a Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine provider with CHI Health. To learn more about Dr. Wang, please visit her provider profile.

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