A study by the University of Arizona claims that office work stations contain almost 400 as many microbes as toilets…

Office equipment should be regularly disinfected to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
The main culprits are telephones (up to 25,127 microbes per square inch), keyboards (3,295) and computer mice (1,676). The average toilet seat contains 49 microbes per square inch.
Bear in mind that some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours!
The study found bacteria levels increased dramatically throughout the day, peaking after lunch. Food spills can support mini eco-systems. Bacteria levels were reduced by 99% by cleaning with disinfecting wipes.
Minimise your risk by washing hands regularly and using alcoholic wipes on office furniture like phones and keyboards.


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