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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Help Wanted: Telephone Sanitizers

It would be a grave mistake to send all telephone sanitizers to another planet. According to Reuters:

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worried about colds, flu and other germs? Go ahead and touch those doorknobs and elevator buttons, but watch out for the telephone, fresh laundry and sinks, a top expert advises.

And while you should always wash your hands before making a meal, many people do not realize that they should do so afterwards also, says Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and clean water expert at the University of Arizona.

"Most of the common infections -- colds, flu, diarrhea -- you get environmentally transmitted either in the air or on surfaces you touch. I think people under-rate surfaces," Gerba said in a telephone interview.

That interview sounds risky.

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