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8 Germiest Public Places

Parents always want to keep germs and colds away from their kids, but where are they likely to pick them up?

The editors of Prevention have ranked the eight germiest public places that are often hosts for viruses and disease-causing microbes like E. coli and fecal bacteria. Among the top spots are restaurant menus and condiments, grocery carts, bathroom soap dispensers, and doctor's offices, ABC News reports. 

In the article, Dr. Kelly Reynolds recommends you always wash your hands before eating, use disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, and don't assume that you're safe from germs if you pick up something like a condiment dispenser with a napkin.

"Napkins are porous, so microorganisms can pass right through," she says.

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