FACTS ABOUT GERMS
The average office desk is home
to 20,000 germs per square inch. It harbours 400 times more germs
than the toilet, which gets cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Most of this office equipment is
off-limits to cleaners. The sensitivity of computers to cleaning
solutions means that they generally get left alone.
The skin sheds ten million cells
a day. Some of these get transported by our hands onto keyboards,
mice, push buttons for telephones, faxes and photocopiers…all
of which are shared.
If you use someone’s computer
and then put your hand in your mouth without realizing it - you’re
effectively eating dead skin.
The average person in an office touches
about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes. In the world of viruses even
kissing is safer than shaking hands.
It is estimated that telephone ear
and mouthpieces carry up to 1,400 bacteria.
The office desk is an ideal breeding
ground for bacteria, which feast all day on leftover crumbs from
desktop diners, and peak in number after lunch. The desktop effectively
becomes a “bacteria cafeteria”.
Cold and flu viruses can survive
for up to 3 days on surfaces such as telephones, desktops, photocopiers,
printers and other high-touch surfaces.
Germs transmitted from a sneeze or
cough can travel up to 3 feet. When they land on surfaces such as
keyboards and telephones, they infect for up to 3 days.