Bacteria and viruses lurk everywhere — but how long are they really able to survive outside the body and on surfaces? It all depends on a number of factors: the humidity, temperature and type of surface all matter. Check out how long the most infamous microorganisms are able to survive on a surface — as well as their “loves” and “hates.”
Now, we’re not trying to cause any bacteria-related mental breakdowns, but it is important we’re aware of how those crafty viruses manage to get into our systems and make us sick. It all depends on the temperature, air quality and the surfaces on which they thrive. Rhinovirus (the common cold) and Influenza thrive in cold temperatures, moist environments and on hard surfaces such as wood, metal or plastic. E. Coli prefers room temperatures with it’s moist air and can survive a from a few days to a month.
What can we do to help avoid all these nasty bacterias flourishing? In our homes, the first place to fight the viruses is in the kitchen: ensure your utensils and equipment is clean! In the office, you should be wary of touching objects that many others have touched such as tap handles, microwave handles and keyboards.
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