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Avoid Harmful Germs while Holiday Shopping!

Chase germs away during the holiday rush

As the holiday shopping frenzy escalates, the germs that cause colds and flu want to get in on the action, too. They're lurking in the crowd, just looking for opportunities to catch you off guard, warns the American Cleaning Institute. What's one of the best ways to stay healthy for the holidays? Wash your hands frequently.

Opportunity #1: Rest Stop
Washing your hands after using the restroom is essential for good hygiene.
 
Opportunity #2: Snack Shop
Busy shoppers need frequent refueling. But germs from hands that have touched merchandise, door handles, credit cards and more can find their way into your favorite snack. Make clean hands your first order of business.
 
Opportunity #3: Dinner-on-the-run
With so much to do, dinner may be no more than a quick pizza before heading out to the mall. No matter how pressed you are for time, wash your hands before you eat and again before you rush out the door.
 
Opportunity #4: After Coughing and Sneezing
One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or eyes after touching someone or something contaminated with the cold virus. Don't be an enabler who spreads germs to others. Cough into your shoulder, not your hands, and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. When soap and water aren't available, or when public restrooms are inadequately stocked, antibacterial or alcohol-based wipes and hand gel formulas are effective for killing germs. Stash them in your purse, your shopping tote or the glove compartment of your car so there's no excuse to be caught dirty-handed.