Germs and bacteria

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I see on the news last night that a team of people is swabbing handrails, seats, walls etc on Melbourne sparks and escalator handrails to establish the type of 'dog germs' present there.

Apparently the samples are to be sent overseas for analysis as part of a wider study. The results will be interesting but I suspect that there are some things that we are better off not knowing.

Of equal importance, and a study long overdue, is the air quality in our trains so far as the percentage of recycled air and the germs contained therein are concerned. The Comengs, at least, would appear to have problems in this regard if the interior 'fug' in winter is anything to go by.

Something else for Transport Supremo Jim Hacker to look into when he takes over T for V!

As a matter of interest there was a bod on a Melbourne spark that I travelled on on Tuesday wearing the following protection:

  • Two hats
  • Rubber gloves
  • Two surgical masks

He also had a portable handrail (in a plastic bag) which he attached to the wall, by suction I assume, to hold onto and avoid the fitted railings.

There were plenty of available seats but I also assume that these were contaminated. The portable hand hold thing was removed from the wall at Flinders Street and placed in the plastic bag.

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  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I think the gentleman used in the example above is perfecting overkill.
Having said that, I do not sit on public toilet seats if I have to use a public toilet, nor would I touch my mouth after holding onto an escalator handrail. And the thing that freaks me out is being in a packed train, and someone starts coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth.

Just as a side note, the dirtiest thing in a hotel or motel room is supposed to be the tv remote control.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
I think the gentleman used in the example above is perfecting overkill.
Having said that, I do not sit on public toilet seats if I have to use a public toilet, nor would I touch my mouth after holding onto an escalator handrail. And the thing that freaks me out is being in a packed train, and someone starts coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth.

Just as a side note, the dirtiest thing in a hotel or motel room is supposed to be the tv remote control.
xxxxlbear
There is an increasing body of evidence now that is pointing to the conclusion that one reason for the skyrocketing levels of allergies in our society is the obsession with "Germs "and sanitising everything we touch .
eg Children in households with pets are much less likely to develop serious allergies . It still happens,but at a statistically lower rate than in households without pets .
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I think the gentleman used in the example above is perfecting overkill.
Having said that, I do not sit on public toilet seats if I have to use a public toilet, nor would I touch my mouth after holding onto an escalator handrail. And the thing that freaks me out is being in a packed train, and someone starts coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth.

Just as a side note, the dirtiest thing in a hotel or motel room is supposed to be the tv remote control.
There is an increasing body of evidence now that is pointing to the conclusion that one reason for the skyrocketing levels of allergies in our society is the obsession with "Germs "and sanitising everything we touch .
eg Children in households with pets are much less likely to develop serious allergies . It still happens,but at a statistically lower rate than in households without pets .
Crossover
Kids in my day (I was born last century in 1964) were allowed to go play in the street, or climb up trees, and when we fell, no-one worried if we grazed a knee, or even broken a leg. It was all part of growing up. At school, allergies were almost unheard of.
I am sure that if kids these days were to be allowed to be exposed to more germs in their daily lives (including being told to play outside after school rather than spending all their time inside in front of computers), then we would have a lot less kids with allergies.
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
The widespread use of disinfectants that kill 99 % of germs only kill the 99 % that are harmless and give us a false sense of reassurance. Our skin is covered in Staph, our throats have Strep and our bums coliforms. While we are healthy, they do not bother us and possibly keep down some of the other nasties.

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