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

    Lemon Wedges

    You might want to rethink ordering that water with a slice of lemon. Surprisingly, that ubiquitous wedge on the rim of your glass could make you sick. Anderson Cooper hosted an entire show on germs on his now-defunct daytime program, and found that the lemons are not always washed before sliced and added to your drink. Patrons end up moving bacteria from the lemon into their water—yikes.

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