Have you ever put your hand on something and then thought, “I wonder how dirty that is”? Reality is, germs are just about everywhere and ready to attack. Without the proper measures of disinfecting, you are susceptible to getting sick.
Where will you find the most germs? Of all the places you visit, six stand out as the places where you are most likely to come in contact with disease-causing germs and bacteria. Here are the first three, along with the germiest “touch points” at each location . . . and some of these might surprise you!
Touch point—Your Desk. Did you know that an office desk holds more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat in the same building? Make sure you wipe down your phone, keyboard, monitor, and desk with a proper disinfectant on a daily basis.
Touch point—Lunchroom Refrigerator Door Handle. Think of all the food that is shoved in the back of a refrigerator and forgotten about. This moldy food breeds germs and bacteria that linger around your lunch, your coworkers’ lunches, and yes, the refrigerator door handle. Who wants to touch a dirty door handle right before grabbing their salami sandwich? Make sure you wash your hands before you eat.
2. The Restroom
Touch point—Sinks. As soon as you finish your business, you do what you are supposed to do: take yourself to the sink and wash your hands. This practice makes the faucet knob one of the most contaminated touch points in the entire restroom. To avoid recontamination, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.
Touch point—Hand Dryers. Believe it or not, hand dryers can cause more harm than paper towels. Many people are under the misconception that they are a cleaner alternative to drying your hands with paper towels. Wrong. A study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that rubbing your hands under a traditional hand dryer can increase the number of germs on your skin by more than 45 percent. Hand dryers also allow many of these germs to become airborne, which can further spread germs and bacteria to additional touch points. Reach for a paper towel next time you use the restroom.
3. The Bank
Touch point—The ATM. We have all heard how dirty paper money is. Not only does an ATM hold thousands of bills, but it is also guilty of being touched by thousands of germ-laden hands on a daily basis. We suggest you keep instant hand sanitizer on you at all times to avoid spreading these germs even more.
Can you guess the last three places with the most germs? Stay tuned for part two of The Sickly Six: The Top Six Germ-Infested Locations.
LesLee Winfield is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, LesLee enjoys running, movies, and spending time with her family. Click here to contact LesLee directly.