Advertising has done a masterful job informing us of the many germs are lurking among us—and how their magical products will eliminate the threat. These unseen microorganisms do have the potential to cause sickness and disease, so we are right to take precautions. In our homes we use antibacterial soap to wash our hands and disinfectants to clean our bathrooms. And then there are the habits we adopt for out in the world that readily echo Colossians 2:21: Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! Some of these precautions are wise for avoiding unnecessary illness. But some of our habits and safeguards can be rooted in something other than scientific proof. Our personal preferences for cleanliness or the habits instilled in us from our family of origin all play a part in how we attempt to keep germs away. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss typical germ standards that give us peace to live in a world full of unseen foes. Conversation touches on the Five Second Rule, hand washing habits, and sharing drinks. Listen in to this quick take on how we navigate the mysteries of the world and try to make ourselves feel safe even when we aren’t really sure if our efforts makes any difference whatsoever. Visit us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to share your germ-fighting rules and quirks!

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Links from the Show:

Blowing Out Birthday Candles Increases Cake Bacteria by 1,400 PercentThe Atlantic

Pretty Much All of Your Weird Germ-Avoidance Behaviors Are PointlessCityLab

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