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(Vox)   Why you should never, ever touch that hospital elevator button   (vox.com) divider line 81
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2014-07-09 09:54:16 PM
*Big sigh*  Guess I'll have to give up my hobby of licking toilet seats and go to licking elevator buttons to get a good buzz.

Get it?  "BUZZ"?  Haha
 
2014-07-09 09:59:45 PM
I slap that thing straight with my urethra and never think twice about it.
 
2014-07-09 10:09:13 PM
Avoiding hospitals should be at the top of anyone's list.
 
2014-07-10 12:44:04 AM
this is why i always lick them instead.

can't be too careful AND sometimes you get a buzz from the residual meds doctors have on their fingertips after ramming suppositories up the rear ends of elderly people
 
2014-07-10 01:15:58 AM
Licking the stairs is more satisfying.
 
2014-07-10 05:49:37 AM
I always take the stairs since that elevator ride with the dead body.
 
2014-07-10 06:32:24 AM
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My take from this is that elevator buttons need to be cleaned more often.
 
2014-07-10 06:33:45 AM
Never ever touch that hospital elevator button full of "low pathogenicity bacteria" that are "unlikely to make you sick."

Got it.
 
2014-07-10 06:47:07 AM

Trailltrader: *Big sigh*  Guess I'll have to give up my hobby of licking toilet seats and go to licking elevator buttons to get a good buzz.

Get it?  "BUZZ"?  Haha


i'm sorry, i always lick ALL the buttons. well, spitting in my hand and wiping it all over the buttons is the same things, right?
 
2014-07-10 06:47:08 AM
As a nurse's kid who basically grew up in hospitals: try to keep your hands to yourself in all heavily trafficked areas, everywhere. Cold and flu bugs don't live long, but someone could have sneezed on that surface 90 seconds before, and you'd never know.

Hospitals tend to heavily santize only certain areas: patient rooms, operating rooms, the ER, etc. If any nasty resistant bugs are around, that's where they'll be. Otherwise, the public areas are not much different from any other public place: bet they'd find a similar number and variety on your office elevator buttons.


/wash your hands
//yes, -every- time you pee
/\/it's not just 'cause you touched your junk
 
2014-07-10 06:48:26 AM
Luckily, with the implementation of Obamacare, no one can afford to go to the hospital.
/Thanks Obama
 
2014-07-10 06:52:57 AM
This information would be more interesting (and potentially actually useful) if they also compared to non-hospital elevator buttons and non-hospital toilets.  There is nothing in their data to suggest the buttons and toilets being in a hospital makes them any more special than any other buttons and toilets.
 
2014-07-10 06:56:28 AM
Why do studies always compare bacteria populations against toilet seats?... And does someone expect toilet seats to be the worst case? Or some sort of universal bacterial standard?

I'm betting our hands are way dirtier than our asses which are usually covered.

Somebody should just do a study of the most bacteria-laden parts of the human body... Then these other studies would just be correlated to that study by "things we touch with our bodies"
 
2014-07-10 07:15:59 AM
I always press elevator buttons with a knuckle. That makes mouth/nose/eye transfer less likely.
 
2014-07-10 07:17:16 AM
The question you should be asking is what the concentration of bacteria on your cell phone or your tv remote are. Or your belts. How often do you clean those? Or the steering wheel of your car?

Can't sanitize it all!

Just make sure to wash your hands before eating.
 
2014-07-10 07:21:54 AM
I avoid elevators with toilet seats.
 
2014-07-10 07:24:12 AM

nickdaisy: this is why i always lick them instead.

can't be too careful AND sometimes you get a buzz from the residual meds doctors have on their fingertips after ramming suppositories up the rear ends of elderly people


Grody.
 
2014-07-10 07:26:40 AM
This just in: the filthiest thing in any room is whatever people touch the most. Film at 11.
 
2014-07-10 07:27:22 AM

fusillade762: [cdn2.vox-cdn.com image 601x500]

My take from this is that elevator buttons need to be cleaned more often.


I was about to say, I always carefully wipe the toilet seat before I sit down (if I absolutely cannot make it home in time). I imagine others do to. Who wipes the elevator button?
Of course toilet seats are cleaner.
 
2014-07-10 07:29:13 AM

Trailltrader: *Big sigh*  Guess I'll have to give up my hobby of licking toilet seats and go to licking elevator buttons to get a good buzz.

Get it?  "BUZZ"?  Haha


Heya buddy!
 
2014-07-10 07:29:23 AM
I'm disappointed, I thought this article would be about some kids messing around with the lifts in a hospital pushing buttons to restricted areas, only to be launched down into the bowels of the hospitals sub-basement and into a silent hill/kingdom hospital sort of situation. My first ever fark slashie:
/disappointed
 
2014-07-10 07:31:15 AM
Yep, another study confirms that there are many, many, bacteria nearly everywhere, both bad and good.  Bacteria happen, deal with it, your body has many defenses against the bad ones and needs the good ones.  OK to take prudent measures, but not bat-shiat, live in a cloud of sanitizer, measures.

Now, I do have a concern about the bacteria in hospitals, all the sanitizing that does go on and overuse of anti-biotics is evolving some pretty nasty little critters.
 
2014-07-10 07:31:44 AM
I always let somebody else push the button.
 
2014-07-10 07:38:47 AM
Always look for the union label.
 
2014-07-10 07:43:32 AM
"Fear of germs? Why these goddamn pussies!" -George Carlin

Just avoid touching anything for the rest of your life, and you'll be just fine. That includes money, one of the biggest microbe carriers known to man.
 
2014-07-10 07:44:18 AM

Tr0mBoNe: I always take the stairs since that elevator ride with the dead body.


I know this isn't the preferred nomenclature these days but, - pussy.
 
2014-07-10 07:45:58 AM
IN BIG BLUE TEXT:

The results will lift elevator buttons to the same ick-factor status as waiting-room magazines or hotel room TV remote-controls


In other words, about the same as anything else many people routinely handle without freshly washed hands. Okay then...

The kinds of bacteria the researchers found are unlikely to make people sick


So... not much to worry about, then? Wash your hands normally and you'll be fine...
=Smidge=
/I tend to push elevator buttons with my knuckle
 
2014-07-10 07:46:14 AM
And we get more than halfway before they reveal the bacteria they found is unlikely to make you sick.
 
2014-07-10 07:47:26 AM
the kinds of bacteria the researchers found had "low pathogenicity," meaning they are unlikely to make people sick.

Non-issue, again; bacteria are everywhere. Toilet seats are cleaner than most objects tested, due to the fact that they are non-porous and hosed down with bleach frequently.
 
2014-07-10 08:11:37 AM

CluelessMoron: I always press elevator buttons with a knuckle. That makes mouth/nose/eye transfer less likely.


LIFEHACK!!!!!!

/sorry
 
2014-07-10 08:21:39 AM
I touched everything as a kid, and got sick a lot. Now I'm almost never sick as an adult because I'm immune to everything.

If only I had read Vox earlier so I too, could live in a bubble.
 
2014-07-10 08:26:13 AM

Cold_Sassy: I always let somebody else push the button.


Me too. I am currently standing alone in a hospital elevator. I hope someone comes to push this button soon.
 
2014-07-10 08:27:09 AM
I'll never understand the toilet seat comparison.  Nobody shiats on the toilet seat.

Now toilet water?  That's something I would expect a fair amount of filth in.  Compare it to that.
 
2014-07-10 08:35:18 AM

criscodisco: I slap that thing straight with my urethra and never think twice about it.


Ha! Me too, but I always put a condom on first.
 
2014-07-10 08:44:32 AM
Yay for my favorite website headlines.
 
2014-07-10 08:44:34 AM
In undergrad I took a micro course where we sampled various surfaces around campus. The dirtiest thing we found was the knife used to cut bagels in one of the cafeterias. Arm rests and pay phones were also high on the list. Overall the bathrooms were fairly clean.
 
2014-07-10 08:46:29 AM
Good thing I have an immune system.

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2014-07-10 08:50:22 AM

balisane: /wash your hands
//yes, -every- time you pee
/\/it's not just 'cause you touched your junk


Should you wash your hands before you pee?  Look at it like this.  I wake up in the morning and take a shower.  I'm totally clean.  I put on clean underwear and put on clean pants and a clean shirt.  I then go about my day touching doorknobs and keyboards and elevator buttons and then I have to pee.  What do you think is cleaner?  My hands or my dick?

I'm going to guess my dick is cleaner than my hands.  Therefore I should really wash my hands before I pee instead of afterwards - unless I totally piss all over my hands, but that doesn't happen unless I'm really drunk.
 
2014-07-10 08:56:12 AM
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2014-07-10 08:57:22 AM

Big Ramifications: Never ever touch that hospital elevator button full of "low pathogenicity bacteria" that are "unlikely to make you sick."

Got it.


They should have swabbed a couple places on the human body for comparison. Everyone is covered in bacteria inside and out. Most of them are helpful.
 
2014-07-10 09:01:04 AM

Radak: This information would be more interesting (and potentially actually useful) if they also compared to non-hospital elevator buttons and non-hospital toilets.   There is nothing in their data to suggest the buttons and toilets being in a hospital makes them any more special than any other buttons and toilets.


These are not the buttons and toilets you're looking for?

Personally, I never use elevators.  You never know who has gone down in one.
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2014-07-10 09:04:22 AM

kling_klang_bed: "Fear of germs? Why these goddamn pussies!" -George Carlin

Just avoid touching anything for the rest of your life, and you'll be just fine. That includes money, one of the biggest microbe carriers known to man.


You should always lick your money.  Ii shows your true love, and there might be cocaine on it.
 
2014-07-10 09:05:03 AM
People are vile.
 
2014-07-10 09:05:19 AM

elkboy: Why do studies always compare bacteria populations against toilet seats?... And does someone expect toilet seats to be the worst case? Or some sort of universal bacterial standard?

I'm betting our hands are way dirtier than our asses which are usually covered.

Somebody should just do a study of the most bacteria-laden parts of the human body... Then these other studies would just be correlated to that study by "things we touch with our bodies"


Which is why I've said in the past that maybe peope should wash their hands  before they use the bathroom.  If your waste output areas are covered, aren't they less likely to pick up germs?  Your hands/fingers are always touching something.
 
2014-07-10 09:08:29 AM
gfid:

Should you wash your hands before you pee?  Look at it like this.  I wake up in the morning and take a shower.  I'm totally clean.  I put on clean underwear and put on clean pants and a clean shirt.  I then go about my day touching doorknobs and keyboards and elevator buttons and then I have to pee.  What do you think is cleaner?  My hands or my dick?

I'm going to guess my dick is cleaner than my hands.


Agreed.  My penis is extremely clean, because I wash it so rapidly.  And often.
 
2014-07-10 09:10:42 AM
So our security guys pat down patients with gloves on. Then leave the gloves on and touch elevators buttons.

The doctors here have lodged more than one complaint over this.
 
2014-07-10 09:11:11 AM

Tyrosine: In undergrad I took a micro course where we sampled various surfaces around campus. The dirtiest thing we found was the knife used to cut bagels in one of the cafeterias. Arm rests and pay phones were also high on the list. Overall the bathrooms were fairly clean.


It's because we clean the shiat out of bathrooms.  It's kind of disturbing that the worst was something found in a kitche though.

MBrady: Which is why I've said in the past that maybe peope should wash their hands  before they use the bathroom.  If your waste output areas are covered, aren't they less likely to pick up germs?  Your hands/fingers are always touching something.


That's what I said.  Funny thing though - almost anyone will shake your hand, but how many people would grab your genitals as a form of greeting?
 
2014-07-10 09:11:39 AM

nickdaisy: this is why i always lick them instead.


There's the problem right there.
 
2014-07-10 09:14:28 AM
Seems like a good place for this thoughtful critique of Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and the like. I've been very underwhelmed. Seems most articles aren't interesting, they're just "we measured some stuff, we don't know why we did that or what the implications are, but here are the numbers."
 
2014-07-10 09:16:05 AM

Babwa Wawa: I'll never understand the toilet seat comparison.   Nobody shiats on the toilet seat.

Now toilet water?  That's something I would expect a fair amount of filth in.  Compare it to that.


You've never been in a public restroom before have you.

Hell they even manage to get it on the walls.
 
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