As thorough as the article was ("The Wash Cycle," Jan. 26), how about the aspect of transporting germs into your system?
If you are in the habit of wetting your fingers to turn pages--or to rub your eyes, nose, etc.--you are helping germs to expand their territory. No matter how diligent you are in washing your hands, the germs will always be there. Just don't give them a chance to shoot you down.
AUDREY J. TAYLOR
I would like to add something that is worse, and no one has mentioned it.
The busboys who (supposedly) clean the tables with the same dirty rag and then go and pick up the silverware and the napkins. And how about putting their fingers in soiled glasses and not cleaning their hands before handling the silverware.
Waitresses also do the same and then go digging in the salad bowl to serve the salad. I've seen them not using the tools, but their fingers to pick up the veggies from the big bowl.