Cold and flu season is upon us, and some medical experts are already dubbing it the worst flu season in history.
There's been an abnormally high number of influenza cases this season because the main strain, the H3N2 virus, is stronger than the ones from the previous years. The virus is widespread in at least 46 states, according to the CDC, and organizations like the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are already calling for a special vaccine that to fight the deadly virus.
Public health officials haven't declared it a pandemic, and if everyone exercises the necessary precautions, it may never reach that level.
Prevention is key when it comes to the flu, and the best way to do so is by getting the shot and washing your hands as often as possible. It is also important to know which surfaces you touch on a daily basis house this nasty virus, so you can take the proper steps after you come in contact with them.
So here are the top 5 of the dirtiest surfaces that could give you the flu, according to American Family Care (AFC):
Writing instruments, like pens, harbor a lot of bacteria, especially if you let other people use them. So if you find yourself borrowing a pen from another person or using a communal one at the bank or store, don't forget to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands once you're done.
Handshakes are a friendly gesture, but they could put your health in danger. If you really can't avoid them, try not to touch your face or food before sanitizing or washing your hands. If you're familiar with the person you're greeting, a solution would be to give them an elbow bump. I guess an awkward greeting beats contracting the flu.
The top three dirtiest spots may take you by surprise....