Tell us your ‘Contagion’ germaphobe stories

Posted by · 11:13 am · September 8th, 2011

Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” opens tomorrow nationwide. We’ll put up the usual “tell us what you thought” post then, but for now, I thought I’d point you all to this interesting behind-the-scenes look at the bacteria-infested billboard Warner Bros. commissioned for advertising the film in Toronto, courtesy of JoBlo. It’s kind of brilliant:

Meanwhile, I thought it would be a good way to get the discussion going to probe (no pun intended) you all for your own OCD tendencies when it comes to germs and the like. Any Howie Mandels out there? Any Bob Wileys? (Props to you if you caught that reference.) Rattle off your stories in the comments section.

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  • 1 9-08-2011 at 11:49 am

    Chris said...

    The Bob Wiley shoutout just made my day!

  • 2 9-08-2011 at 12:07 pm

    JFK said...

    Being a huge hypochondriac, I can’t see this movie in a theatre and may never get around to seeing it at all.

    When I was a teen, I had to leave the theatre during Outbreak because I became so afraid that I was going to see eyes explode all over the place and it may have just been my first panic attack. I went out to the lobby and sucked on some ice chips.

    (neurotic NYer here)

  • 3 9-08-2011 at 12:20 pm

    Andrej said...

    Now that’s how you get word of mouth. Awesome idea, kickass poster.

    And… well, a germophobic friend of mine once told me that according to his bacteriologist friend’s investigation those little alcohol gel solutions do jack shit to common bacteria and germs on your hands.

    “But they leave your hands all fresh… !”, I replied in vain. I still use them whenever I’m on the go, but I can’t shake off the feeling I’m not getting myself any cleaner since I can’t verify his friend’s investigation by myself. :(

    … stupid bacteriologists. Why do you have to ruin nice things.

  • 4 9-08-2011 at 12:22 pm

    chmoye said...

    I am an enormous germophobe, and I work in an large office with many people who fail to wash their hands when using the bathroom. During the big flu scare a few years ago, my office started providing free hand sanitizer to all employees. The day the provisions went out, I stayed after work for the singular purpose of stealing as many bottles as I could. I then locked them in a spare cabinet at my desk. They have done this for three years now and so have I.

  • 5 9-08-2011 at 12:37 pm

    John G said...

    If my dad saw your Bob Wiley joke, he’d bookmark this site and visit it every day.

  • 6 9-08-2011 at 12:38 pm

    Sawyer said...

    At one point in my life, I had a dream of working on the 4th floor of the CDC in Atlanta, which is supposedly the home of the world’s most deadly micro-organisms. Then I realized I sucked at Chemistry.

  • 7 9-08-2011 at 12:51 pm

    Squasher88 said...

    Ew, ew, ew, ew!

    It’s absolutely genius though!

  • 8 9-08-2011 at 1:36 pm

    David said...

    Saw the film at a screening last week. It has changed the way I wash my hands!

  • 9 9-08-2011 at 7:01 pm

    Andrew Rech said...

    This is kinda embarrassing, but when I was in 4th grade I had seen Osmosis Jones, and it really made me freak out about germs. It caused me to start washing my hands 10 times an hour for several months. This was also tied to the anthrax panic back then which made me even more paranoid (I’m 19 for clarification).

    It got to the point that my hands were cracking and getting scaly, and I would wash my desk religiously if someone in my classroom touched it. So my parents took me to some hypnotherapy and apparently it worked? I’ve been skeptical, maybe it just went away on its own. Needless to say I’m a little nervous what kind of effect Contagion will have on me!

  • 10 9-08-2011 at 7:54 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I’m more like a Howard Hughes, really. Was diagnosed with OCD quite a while back. When I get home from places I have to change my clothes. I have to wash my hands after I touch anything in the outside world, even things in the house. Certain things I pick up with a tissue so I don’t have to directly touch them. I try to limit my hand washing, but it’s still pretty bad and because of it my hands are perpetually dry from all the rubbing with soap.

    Needless to say, I won’t be seeing Soderbergh’s film. I have enough issues as is!

  • 11 9-09-2011 at 6:06 am

    Manuel said...

    Brilliant billboard!

    Personally, ever since the swine and bird flu I always carry with me Sagrotan disinfectant spray (I’m German) and use it frequently when I am travelling and forced to touch handles on public transport systems and especially after using public toilets. In addition I try never to touch door handles when leaving public toilets or I will use the tissue I dried my hands with to also open and close said door. Oh, and I also try to kill people with my stare when they sneeze or cough without covering their mouth…