Protect Yourself From Germs at the Gym


By Regie Simmons

Have you ever heard of the word fomite? No? A fomite is an inanimate object that can become contaminated by an infected person then serve as a source infection for others. The best fomites are non-porous, solid objects like door handles, elevator buttons and counters just to name a few. Once infected these surfaces are capable of transmitting bacterial, viral and fungal infections without discrimination.

So why should you care about fomites? Great question. And, I have an even better answer. Gyms are a perfect breeding ground for infections and dumbbells, benches and locker room floors are excellent fomites. Think about it. How many times have you seen someone leave the restroom without washing their hands as they head out into the weight area? What about the gal that keeps coughing and sneezing without covering her mouth? And, let’s not forget about the…

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