Monday, March 15, 2004

How many germs are on your computer?

Gizmodo has a post that passes you through to this article on that states:

"According to the study, telephones harboured up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3295 and computer mice 1676. The average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch."

Remember that when your tech support guy has a cold.

What other insights did the article have?

"Desks are really bacteria cafeterias," Mr Gerba said in a press release. "They are breakfast bars, lunch tables and everything else, as we spend more hours at the office.

"When someone is infected with a cold or flu bug, the surfaces they touch during the day become germ-transfer points because some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours," he added. "An office can become an incubator."

No more meetings in my office with sick people!

Finally, some advice from "US Health Officials":

Offiicials reminded Americans to cover their nose and mouth while sneezing, wash their hands regularly and use disinfectant swabs to clean their office desks.

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