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Are you phobic about germs?

July 18, 2017
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We’re living in a world gone mad. Literally, people are besieged by a growing number of fears and phobias. It’s little wonder too.

In an age of information, anything you want to know is available to you at the click of a button, sometimes to our detriment. If you have some spare time, watch some You Tube videos or hit Netflix to find some documentaries that’ll open your eyes. The list of programmes on the horrors of dirty kitchens, barbaric treatment of animals, contamination of underground water systems, overloaded sewage systems and junk that goes into our food is enough to make anyone a tad paranoid.

It is little wonder that the fear of contamination and infection has made it to the phobia list too. Mysophobia is the fear of dirt, contamination or infection of germs and disease. It is a common anxiety disorder that is closely related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Some of the most common points of contamination include:

• Toilet handles – people wipe and then flush leaving behind germs
• Taps – we always turn these on before we wash our hands with the result that they are full of germs
• Bathroom door handles – again, many people don’t wash their hands
• Grocery trolley handles – most stores now provide sanitised wipes
• Buttons in lists – just think of all those dirty fingers – the mind boggles!
• Bus or train bars and handles – so many hands and so seldom cleaned

Overpopulation and crowding has exacerbated the problem. There are simply too many of us using these items for us to do so with absolute peace of mind. Awareness of the need for improved hygiene has paradoxically created an environment where even the good germs are being wiped out, leaving us more susceptible to infection.

The best way to protect yourself is to keep some wipes on hand for “emergencies” so that you can minimise personal risk of contamination. Other than that, stick to using your home or office toilet rather than one public ones and use your knuckles to press buttons. Cover your hand with your sleeve when opening doors and wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. Don’t go overboard but be vigilant.

Contact our Hygiene and Cleaning Divisions for expert solutions and complete peace of mind.

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