The Talker: Exposing the germiest places in schools

The Talker: Exposing the germiest places in schools

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Researchers say the most germ-covered spot in a school tends to be the water fountain, followed by the plastic cafeteria trays, water faucets, plates, and computer keyboards.

Interestingly, toilet seats rank number six on the list of germ-ridden spots in schools.

Naturally, school leaders want to do what they can to keep kids safe. So, that's why a lot of supply lists include a request for hand sanitizer.

But, do some kids regard sanitizer as a replacement for good old-fashioned hand washing? Many scientists believe that we'll regret the proliferation of hand sanitizers someday, that germs will become resistant to it, and we'll create super germs.

FOX 32 Medical Contributor Dr. Mona Khanna says over-use of sanitizers can actually compromise a child's health.

"It's absolutely essential for children to be exposed to germs for them to develop their immune system," Dr. Khanna explains. "The more allergens they're exposed to, the things that trigger your body to develop antibodies, the healthier you are when you're exposed to foreign bodies and foreign particles."

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