Gastrointestinal disease (namely, vomiting and diarrhea)
What it is: Fecal matter/particles that you ingest. By the way, fecal matter is poop; this is also what can potentially cause pink eye.
How likely it is you’ll get it: Pretty damn likely. “People very often don’t wash their hands after using the toilet. There was a study done in UK where they swabbed the hands of commuters, and found that about 25-28% had fecal bacteria on their hands. The sample size was around 400 people or so. These are bacteria that are associated with feces. That means even they touched something along the line, like raw food, or they didn't wash their hands after using the toilet, or touched something in a public restroom somebody else touched. Point is, there are a variety of ways you can pick this up other than someone's poor hygiene. But nonetheless, those same people are getting onto the subway, where other people can come along and touch it," Rubino warns.
Where you’ll get it: On the subway seats
How you can avoid it: “If you're sitting on the subway, you don’t know what’s on the other side of, well, people’s underparts. Try not to touch the seat. Put your hands on your pocket, fold them in your lap, but just try not to touch the seat.”
Before you start freaking out, don’t. Even Joe Rubino says you’ll probably be okay.
“These are illnesses, that for the most part, you aren't going to die from them,” he reassures. “But you certainly want to take precautions and be aware, because you can get sick for a few days, miss work because of them, and your child could get sick. I look at it as more of a quality of life thing -- you don't want to pick up a virus on a Wednesday while riding the subway, then be sick all weekend."
Amen to that.
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Liz Newman is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and will now be walking everywhere. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lizn813.