How afraid should you be of germs?

There are always scare stories in the papers about the bacteria dangers lurking in everyday objects, from ‘bags for life’ to remote controls and cuddly toys.

Well I say don’t panic! Ninety-nine per cent of bacteria are harmless, and our bodies are covered in bacteria, which are necessary to keep healthy. And while we need to keep things reasonably clean, the single most important defense against harmful bacteria is to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before cooking and eating, and dry on a clean towel.