Why You Should Elbow the Elevator Button

In 1997, I was living in Manhattan when the New York Observer–a sardonic weekly–published a front page story entitled, “New York is Germ City!” As the Seattle Times recalls:
The paper asked a laboratory to analyze swab samples taken throughout Manhattan and found the city an effective incubator for all sorts of staph and strep and E. coli bacteria – on taxicab seats, subway turnstiles and pay phones, and at upscale movie houses, gourmet food shops, automated teller machines and elevators.

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