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Food Court Tables

Even if you see the table being wiped down, that doesn’t mean it’s clean, says panelist Elaine Larson, PhD: "The rags themselves can actually spread harmful bacteria such as E. coli if they are not changed and washed regularly."

Protect yourself: Consider stashing a pack of hard-surface disinfecting wipes in your purse so you can swipe the table before you sit down. "Look for ones that contain alcohol or another disinfecting agent in order to make sure you’re killing germs, not just wiping away grime," Tierno says.

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