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.

By Lane Miller

September 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Germiest Things to Avoid

Restaurant Menus

Do you usually wash your hands before sitting down in a restaurant? Chances are you don't. And if you happen to partake in that hygienic and much-appreciated practice, chances are other restaurant patrons do not. "Good Morning America" tested everyday restaurant items and found that menus, more than salt and pepper shakers on tables, are the germiest of germy restaurant items. Experts advise that patrons place their orders and then wash their hands after waiters take menus away.

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