5 germiest places during flu season

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 13:46:12-05

DENVER -- With more than 500 people hospitalized for the flu in Colorado this season, American Family Care has released its list of the top five germiest places.

  • Debit card machines
  • Community pens
  • Hands
  • Cell phones, tablets
  • Gas pumps

The doctors with American Family Care recommend that you don't directly touch an ATM or gas pump handle. Consider covering your hand with a paper towel or a tissue at the gas station and consider using a knuckle on the ATM keys instead of a finger.

When it's rude to avoid a handshake, make sure you wash your hands soon afterwards and avoiding handing your phone or tablet to a friend when showing off photos or apps.

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting regional flu activity in Colorado. That's one step below widespread.


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