Why do we as an society, today fear germs more then as societies in the past were?

Saw this thread on hand washing on another forum that I belong to awhile back and wanted to post the questions and my answers to this.

What an interesting thread.

1. How often do you wash your hands? Have to say I'm frequent hand washer.

2. When do you wash your hands? Soap and water

3. What soap(s) do you use to wash your hands? Depends regular hand soap or liquid soap. At the same time only use antibacterial soap when I feel theres a need for it.

4. How do you prevent dry hands from all the washing? Have to say lotion, which I should use more often then I currently use it. Have started to use ointment this past winter because I over heard one of my co-workers talking to another co-worker. Anyway, she uses it during the winter and don't know when she started using it herself. At the same time I wished I knew.

Visitation Restrictions:

This is from where I volunteer.

To protect the health of patients during this flu season, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit any Valley location where patient care is provided. At the recommendation of the New Jersey Hospital Association, The Valley Hospital is currently restricting visitors to prevent the spread of the flu. Effective Wednesday, November 11, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit Valley for the duration of the flu season. In addition, anyone with flu symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or fever, should refrain from visiting. We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.
You got to be kidding me on this. Don't even get me started on this and etc.

Have to say I do understand this, but also don't get this. At the same time I think that hospitals and medical centers are for profit instead of being non profit. Since they do allow health/drug/etc along those lines solictors, spl (spelling) and when it says they don't at the entrances of them.