In the February 2012 issue of OnHealth, they listed hot spots frequented by germs. Considering flu season is in full swing, I thought it was an interesting read. Many of the areas are obvious places, it is just that we don't even think about it! The article listed the most popular -- gas pumps, mailboxes, ATM buttons and escalator railings. The researchers analyzed 350 swabs from surfaces in six cities.
They recommend washing your hands with soap and water and it that is not available, use an alcohol based sanitizer. Do not touch your mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands.
But, keep in mind, anywhere that most people touch, will be a hot bed for germs. Even though many doors are now automatic, door handles are a big hot spot, as are shopping carts and pens at registers.