Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, 21-year-old Shey Rearick and 20-year-old Jayden Parsons were among a small minority worried about the number of germs on a shopping cart.

It turns out, they’re pretty filthy, Rearick said, more so even than a public toilet. There are roughly 8,112 colonies of bacteria per square inch on the handle of a shopping cart, for example, he said, which is 270 times more than the bacteria on a toilet handle or 11 times dirtier than the bottom of a dog’s food bowl.

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