Don’t Make These Health Mistakes While Out In Public

You can have the healthiest morning routine in the world, but once you step outside, you’re at risk of getting sick. Common objects, from restaurant lemon water to your own cellphone, are often coated with germs. The worst part is that many people make frequent mistakes that only spread illness.

Whether you’re at work, a public restroom, or your local cafe, don’t make these public health mistakes. You could easily contract a disease like strep from touching some germ-infested everyday objects. Avoid the most common health mistakes with these tips.

Quit Rubbing Your Eyes

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson rubs his eyes
Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

People instinctively rub their eyes when they’re tired or feel irritation. If you can prevent it, don’t rub your eyes out in public. According to the Vision Eye Institute, rubbing your eyes quickly spreads germs across your face. These germs can enter your body through your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, causing you to get sick.

Rubbing your eyes can also break blood vessels. If you rub your eyes enough, you could develop blood-shot eyes and dark circles. Try to wash your hands before touching your face, or rub your face with a fresh tissue.