Does anyone else feel that the current germophobia is antithetical to simple living? Don't get me wrong.. I don't appreciate living in filth, but IMO we've swung way too far the other way.
While I certainly expect doctors and nurses to wash their hands with antibacterial soap when they examine me, I think that people who carry around little hand sanitizers and use them with the fervor of an OCD sufferer is a little crazy. I notice in my work doing qualitative interviews, now the research facilities put out, not only water, but also hand sanitizer. Between interviews they come in with Clorox and swab down the table. I'm hesitant to even put out my hand to shake hands these days. And when I do interviews in which I have to pass materials to the doctors, I will typically make a show of sanitizing my hands just to make him/her feel more comfortable.
I believe in the hygiene theory that attributes some of the growth in allergies to us being "too clean." Also, my permaculture teacher was saying how studies have shown that when we put our hands in dirt, such as when we're gardening, we get a kick of endorphins. But these days, we're all about making sure our kids don't get dirty.
So--fear of germs: how much is too much? Where do you draw the line?