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Where Germs Hide in Your Home

Sicknesses can easily be spread at home. Coughing, sneezing, breathing and touching can easily spread contagious germs that can stay active on surfaces for several days. That’s why it’s a good idea to clean, disinfect or wash anything you frequently come into contact with.

Here’s a room-by-room checklist where germs may be hiding in your home:

Living room

  • TV remotes
  • Throw blankets
  • Side tables and coffee tables
  • Sofas


  • Sheets, blankets and pillowcases
  • Stuffed animals
  • Nightstands
  • Desks


  • Kitchen table
  • Countertops
  • Tablecloths
  • Refrigerator handles
  • Drawer handles
  • Sink
  • Hand towels


  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Mirrors
  • Toilets
  • Towels


  • Desks
  • Keyboards
  • Tablets
  • Phones

Throughout the house

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches

Also, remember to wash your hands often. Simple hand washing is very effective at killing germs when you use the right technique. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first. If you do feel yourself getting sick, know that you can speak to a doctor 24/7 by scheduling a telehealth visit