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If you have been through a drive through, or ordered a takeaway drink, the attendant at the window would have given you a straw. Generally they pick these straws up by hand, could these be contaminated. Can drinking straws make you sick?

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I would keep some in the glove box, as what you say makes a lot of sense!
We don't know if they last washed their hands, on going to the toilet.

Just ask they do Not give you a straw when ordering....Use your own,it's better to be safe then with bugs that make you sick, or your children. :)
Not that I heard of, but I guess so. Best not to think about it.
Not that I heard of, but I guess so. Best not to think about it.
You know I thought about this. I have not gotten sick yet, but I know that in the USA straws have to be wrapped.
Yes just the thought of them touching it makes me queasy.
Anything you get from a takeaway could be contaminated (the food, the napkins, the bags they put it in, the money they hand you...). I wouldn't fixate on the straws in particular. Either you trust that fast food workers wash their hands before handling food and stuff like they're supposed to or it might be better not to eat from those places.
Not good if you have asthma. I don't know if there are chemicals in straws. I drink without them.
I do not know, I always take the straw out of the drink, as I do not enjoy
drinking any drink though a straw.
why would they be able to make you sick?
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