Do you envision a germ free world? Sorry it will never happen. The reason is that bacteria are everywhere. Some are harmless, some are beneficial and some are dangerous. Think about this. Your body is comprised of about 30 trillion cells. That is a big number, but it is estimated that there are about 39 trillion bacteria on your body. There is no way that you can ever get rid of them.
So how do you avoid harmful bacteria. Here are some basic rules. Wash your hands frequently before handling food or eating. Cook food to the proper temperature and store leftovers carefully.
If something that you are going to eat falls on the floor consider it to be contaminated even if you pick it up after a few seconds. Sterilize it if possible. If not possible to sterilize it discard it.
Hand sanitizers are not as effective as a thorough hand washing regimen. Don’t believe the advertisements. The products are designed to kill some but not all of the dangerous organisms that might be on your hands. In order to get FDA approval the antimicrobial agent in the hand sanitizer is tested against only a small number of bacteria and not against dangerous species such as E. Coli and Salmonella.
It would be so easy to become neurotic about these micro-organisms, Our final words of wisdom are do the best that you can and try not to think about the trillion of bacteria the surround you all of the time.