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Good Day.KEYBOARD TEST Did you know Keyboards have 60% more germs than your toilet seat?
How many germs are currently living on your keyboard?
Without even thinking about it, we come to daily contact with bacteria on different surfaces and objects. These bacteria and mold build up especially in areas that are difficult to clean, such as the crevices on electronic devices, ventilation systems and filters or car dashboards. Studies have shown that computer keyboards are usually dirtier than average public toilets. Regularly disinfecting and cleaning your IT and office equipment helps prevent viruses from spreading and improves your equipment’s performance.
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• More:• Germs• Computer Keyboards• Computer Equipment - Is someone in your office a germ fanatic? disease-causing bacteria and viruses. This article explains the hazards of shared computer keyboards and suggests how the risks can be minimized.
Computer Keyboards Harbor Germs
Numerous studies have shown that computer keyboards contain more germs than, for example, office toilet seats. Moreover, the germs can remain alive on computer keyboards for up to two days. If a person using the computer touches her mouth, nose, or eyes with her hand, she is subject to contract a virus or bacteria. The unsanitary condition of computer keyboards raises particular concern for individuals working in environments where computers are shared, such as medical facilities, schools, offices, and factories.
How often do office bathrooms get cleaned? Sinks, toilet seats, and counters are probably wiped with a disinfectant at least daily. How often does the typical office computer keyboard get cleaned? Keyboards and other computer equipment may rarely get cleaned by a professional cleaning staff for fear of disturbing someone's work. If you have your own computer, you can clean it as often as you feel necessary. If a computer is shared, however, it is likely that no one is cleaning the keyboard or mouse. The germs that build up on the keyboard can lead directly to the spread of a bacteria or virus throughout your office.
CDC Investigation Links Shared Computer to Virus Outbreak
In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) documented for the first time an outbreak of gastrointestinal disease attributable in part to a norovirus found on a shared computer keyboard and mouse. The disease was contracted by 27 students and two faculty members in an elementary school. There was no outbreak of the virus in the general community.
After an investigation, the CDC found that all the infected persons had been in Classroom J, a first grade class in which teachers and students shared computers. In all the other classes, students had their own computers or used computers in the library. The CDC took samples from toilets, faucets, drinking fountains, doorknobs, mice, and keyboards. Samples from a computer mouse and a keyboard in Classroom J had a norovirus identical to the virus contracted by the students and teachers. Although person-to-person contacts also played a role in spreading the virus, it was clear that the virus had remained alive on the keyboard and mouse after they were touched by an infected person and then had transferred to another person using the shared computer.
Bacteria and viruses are everywhere–so many of them in so many places that it’s a wonder we don’t get sick more often. The germs in question aren’t just the ones that cause colds and flu, but also nastier ones that can trigger staph infections, pneumonia and GI illnesses.
At work: Your desk at work could have 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. What’s more, thousands of bacteria can coat your phone. When’s the last time you disinfected your computer keyboard or cleaned the crumbs out of your desk drawers (a feast for germs)? Also be wary of control buttons on the office copier or fax machine, elevator buttons, handles of shared coffee cups and pots, and other communal items.
A microbiologist counted the bacteria on office toilet seats and found about 49 germs per square inch. Germ counts on computer keyboards were much higher. It was 60 times higher. Computer keyboards had 3,295 bacteria per square inch.Cold and flu bugs are on the surface of your keyboard because people are coughing and sneezing over your computer.There are issues such as animal hair and a friend or family member who used your computer after wiping his butt without washing his hands.You can get symptoms of food poisoning when food falls through the cracks of your keyboard and sits there. Workstations can sustain millions of bacteria that can potentially cause illness. Several studies have found computers commonly have streptococcus (cause colds, flu's) and bacteria which cause sinus and respiratory ailments.
Phones were found to have bacteria that cause skin infections, gastroenteritis and vomiting.
Houston`s Hygiene Services provides an office hygiene computer cleaning and telephone cleaning service where individual workstations are sanitised on a regular basis. The screen, keyboard, mouse and telephone are treated with germicide of commercial strength that will inactivate bacteria without being of harm to the user or the equipment.
Research by the University of Arizona last year found the average office
desktop harboured 400 times more bacteria than the average office toilet
They also found that, compared to men, on average women have three to
four times the amount of germs in, on and around their work area.