The slip-up

YOU RE­ALISE SOME­BODY’S BEEN DOU­BLE-DIP­PING

Prevention (Australia) - - Health News -

THE WORST THAT COULD HAP­PEN

If the dou­ble-dip­per has the norovirus, which can live out­side the body for days, you might find your­self with your head over a toi­let bowl within a few hours, says pathol­o­gist Dr Philip Tierno. But what’s the like­li­hood that some­one with a se­vere stom­ach ill­ness would be at a party – much less eat­ing chips and guac?

WHAT WILL PROB­A­BLY HAP­PEN

Not a whole lot. If the per­son con­tam­i­nat­ing the com­mu­nal food has – or has re­cently re­cov­ered from – flu, a stom­ach bug or a virus like strep throat, you could get sick, but it’s not very likely. Most viruses last in food for only a short time, says Tierno, plus the ‘good’ bac­te­ria in your mouth are al­ways ready to de­fend you and your health.

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