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Average Desk Harbors 400 Times More Bacteria Than Average Toilet Seat

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Average Desk Harbors 400 Times More Bacteria Than Average Toilet Seat

This is a pretty scary title – researchers find average desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than average toilet seat. Actually there aren’t only desktop in office that keeps bacteria, according to the study of University of Arizona germ guru Dr. Charles Gerba, Phone, Water fountain handle, Microwave door handle and Keyboard are the top five most germ-contaminated spots in office. And take this figure, on average, the area where you rest your hand on the desk has 10,000,000 bacteria. This is truly amazing, and I am going to wipe my office desk as soon as possible:

… For the study, Gerba and his team separated office workers into two groups. One group used disinfecting wipes to clean their desks, phones and computers; the other did not. Within two days, the wipes users were found to have a 99.9 percent reduction in bacteria levels.

The study team evaluated a variety of office locations, environments and surfaces. Study sites included private offices, cubicles and common work areas in offices located in New York, San Francisco, Tucson and Tampa. A total of 7,000 samples were collected nationwide and analyzed at the University of Arizona laboratories. …

First In-Office Study Dishes The Dirt On Desks – [via Ole’s Blog]

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