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WATCH: Nurse demonstrates just how fast germs can spread when you visit the grocery store

Posted at 8:52 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 07:47:43-04

SAGINAW, Mich. — A nurse in Michigan recorded a video to show just how quickly germs can spread during a simple trip to the grocery store -- even if you are wearing gloves.

In the video, Molly Lixey, a former emergency room nurse in Saginaw, Michigan, picks up a simple item, like toilet paper, at the store.

Using paint, she then shows how germs are already on her gloves by touching one item.

Lixey then says if you get a call or text, those germs are now on your phone. Then, if you have an itch on your nose, you have then spread those germs to your face.

Also, if you then touch other items in the store, those germs have spread to other places in the store.

She says you should dispose of the gloves in the trash before getting in your car.

Finally, she then shows if you get another call while driving home, it is easy to spread the germs that were on your phone.

"Look, this is called cross-contamination. There's no point in wearing gloves if you're not going to wash your hands every time you touch something," said Lixey.

The nurse said all this fear is making everyone "crazy" and "not acting very smart."

"Don't touch your face. Don't touch your dirty phone," Lixey advises.

At the end of the video, Lixey's face is covered in paint to show how the germs spread, even though she was wearing gloves during her trip to the store.