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Germophobia: How Afraid Should You Really Be of Germs in Everyday Life?

Germophobes of the world unite! Now, technically, “germophobia” is not a real word. The actual word is mysophobia. It’s an abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination. If germs give you the creepy-crawlies, well, then, either this is the absolute best or worst conversation for you. We talk about why some of us […]

Germophobes of the world unite! Now, technically, “germophobia” is not a real word. The actual word is mysophobia. It’s an abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination. If germs give you the creepy-crawlies, well, then, either this is the absolute best or worst conversation for you.

We talk about why some of us are so deathly afraid of germs, while others give little or no notice to them (hint: the second group may help explain the first), as we talk with behavioral psychologist Dr. Stacey Bourland, and Dr. Luis Ostrosky, a Professor of Infectious Diseases at UT Health, and the the Medical Director for Epidemiology at Memorial Hermann.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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