This article notes that the average office desk harbors 400 times more germs than a toilet seat and the typical office telephone has over 25,000 microbes per square inch. Coughs, sniffles and sneezes spread viruses quickly. After using the restroom only 16% of people wash their hands long enough. Add to this the fact that every 60 seconds a working adult typically touches as many as 30 objects – desktops, keyboards, mice, fax machines and copiers included. The author concludes this article with some solutions ranging from the use of low-tech sanitary wipes to high-tech antimicrobial mice and keyboards.

Source: Gillian Shaw, National Post (Ontario); Feb 25, 2006

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