Lighter side: Desk or toilet: Which is cleaner?

by HCA17 Oct 2014
It's nearly lunchtime and many of us will be unwrapping a tasty-looking sandwich ready to tuck in. But before you do, you might want to watch a new video highlighting how quickly germs can be transferred from the toilet cubicles right to your desk.

In the video, Dr Lisa Ackerley, Professorial Fellow at the Royal Society of Public Health, explains how bacteria can travel up to 20 feet because of the ‘sneeze effect’, which occurs if toilets are flushed with the lid up.

And here's the stomach-churning facts. Office workers come into contact with 10 million bacteria every day and computer keyboards can have 3,000 organisms per square inch on them.

Is that sandwich still looking so tasty?

And to top it off, one in four office workers do not wash their hands after using the bathroom.

It takes just twenty seconds of hand washing to prevent the germ’s office tour.

According to research by Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria spread across it than a toilet seat.

Now that’s food for thought.

So spread the word, not the germ: disinfect!


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