Everyday Germy Objects You Don't Want to Touch This Cold and Flu Season

With cold and flu season kicking into high gear, people everywhere are looking for ways to cut down on exposure to germs. Flu shots, green juices and herbal teas are a few methods, but sometimes the greatest thing you can do is to avoid particularly germy places during the fall and winter months. The Internet is filled with lists naming the most germ-infested locations you might encounter, however our editors have a feeling you're aware of your vulnerability sitting in a doctor office waiting room or watching your kids at the playground. So we compiled a list featuring some germ-loaded, everyday objects that might not be top of mind.

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    Germiest Things to Avoid

    Keyboard and Mouse

    When was the last time you took a serious look at your keyboard? Or thought about how many different people have used your mouse? If you're one that eats lunch at your desk, there's a good chance that much of your mid-day meal ends up on your computer equipment. And reports have shown that keyboards, in particular, can host a variety of potentially harmful bacteria. The same study that found that cell phones could be more contaminated than a public toilet seat found the same to be true for keyboards. If there were ever a reason to not eat at your desk, this would be it.

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