WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Every day our hands come in contact with a number of people and surfaces. From shaking hands to cooking meals, we're not always aware of the potential health dangers we could face.
It's a dirty world out there. Have you stopped to think about everything you touch on a daily basis? ore importantly – what's growing on it?
You'll be surprised at what we found. From the bathroom to the grocery store, those 10 fingers go on quite a journey.
But where your hands have been can tell quite a story.
Here's what a few people on the street had to tell News 18 when we asked about germs.
"I am conscious of it and I wash my hands frequently – wash my hands after using the restroom all that stuff."
"I've lived long enough that it doesn't bother me. I haven't gotten sick from touching things so I don't worry about it."
"I work at a factory so I'm used to getting dirty. I take a shower so it doesn't affect me."
"The more everyday germs, I figure it just really keeps my immune system higher so I try not to worry about it."
But those everyday germs could cause concern, so we head to the Ivy tech Biotechnology lab, where students took 29 samples to test a number of items we come in contact with each day: toilet seats, bathroom handles, cell phones, money, rental DVDs, shopping carts and ATMs – just to name a few.
"It's interesting to think that bacteria is everywhere," Ivy Tech student Taylor Dailey said. "You take it for granted."
The results were pretty surprising.
"A toilet seat is a place where you would expect to find E. coli, but the fact that it's growing on there means it's not disinfected," Dailey said.
So clean doesn't always mean sanitized, something IU Health Arnett's Dr. Tom Meyer says is worth noting.
"You could get things like salmonella or hepatitis A from just contact with surfaces and those could get you sick as well," Dr. Meyer said.
On Thursday you won't want to miss part two of our special report. We take a look at the surprise results and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
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