Q. You have written about people arguing over the contamination of coffee cup lids when the barista touches them. As I see it, germs are everywhere, and your best defense is a healthy immune system. That would mean many people would need to live a healthier lifestyle. Why not promote that instead of germaphobia?
A. When a server handles money and then touches a coffee cup lid, there’s an opportunity for pathogen transmission. Money carries hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of bacteria and viruses.
Norovirus is especially easy to transmit. It causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and extreme misery. Hundreds of schools have been closed recently to control the spread of this illness.
Another reader commented on the coffee cup controversy:
“I always remove the lid of my takeout coffee before drinking it because I don’t like the taste or smell of plastic. Avoiding germs is another good reason. I often see baristas touching any number of things (money, store displays,…