The Scary Truth About the Surfaces Around Us - Infographic

posted Jul 14, 2014, 9:13 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 2:20 PM ]

The Scary Truth About the Dirtiest Surfaces You Touch Every Day Infographic

The following information is illustrated on the inforgraphic about germs, bacteria and other harmful materials we encounter every day.  Please feel free to download and distribute.
  • Your money contains 135,000 types of bacteria per dollar bill
  • You mobile phone contains as much as a petri dish of 10,000+ germs
  • Your bathtub contains bacteria found near the drain which can cause staph infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and septicemia
  • Your TV remote easily transfers the MRSA, VRE and SARS bacteria when you touch it
  • Your computer keyboard could have more bacteria than an average toilet
  • Your shopping cart can have more bacteria, saliva, and fecal matter than escalators, public telephones and public bathrooms
  • Your toilet seat can contain on average 295 bacteria per square inch
  • Your light switches can contain on average 217 bacteria per square inch

Of the home testing sites, which areas contained the most potential fecal contamination (out of dish sponges, kitchen sinks, counter tops, chopping boards, tooth brush holders)?
  • 3 out of 4 dish sponges were contaminated with potential fecal matter (bacteria)
  • 1 out of 2 kitchen sinks had bacteria (Coliform- group bacteria includes Salmonella and E. coli)
  • 1 in every 3 counter tops tested for potential fecal contamination
  • 1 in every 5 chopping boards had the potential for contamination
  • More than 1 in every 4 tooth brush holders contained traces of potential fecal matter

Which area is the dirtiest?  Bathroom?  Kitchen?
  • The bathroom (most think so)?  No, the kitchen!

Which area is the dirtiest?  Toothbrush holder?  Dish Sponge?
  • Most think that toothbrush holders due to them being in our mouths, but in reality it is the dish sponge!
This about how a Glo Germ Kit training could help change the mindset and responsibility of people.  Their homes would be cleaner and they would spread less illness and disease!

Germs in your work place.  What areas contain the highest area of germ content?
  • 3 in every 4 break room sink faucet handles contain ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate- a molecule present in all animal, vegetable, bacterial, tease and mound cells.  High levels are detrimental to human health)
  • Almost 1 in every 2 microwave door handles are contaminated
  • More than 1 in every 4 computer keyboards are contaminated
  • More than 1 in every 4 refrigerator door handles contains high levels of ATP
  • More than 1 in every 5 water fountain buttons can be contaminated 
  • More than 1 in every 5 vending machine buttons can contain levels of ATP that are a detriment to your health

What are the germ hotspots in your office or workplace?
  • Elevator buttons
  • Stair railings
  • Conference tables
  • Door handles
  • Photocopiers
  • Water coolers
  • Reception areas (magazines, pens, etc.)
  • Lobby area

What can you to reduce the spread of germs?  General germ facts.
  • Rinsing and drying your hands completely with a paper towel reduces 77% of bacteria
  • A virus on a person's hands can transfer germs to hard surfaces up to 7 times
  • Larger groups of people have the potential to spread germs even further
  • Germs can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours
  • Adults touch their faces 15.7 times per hour on average transmitting germs to surfaces they touch
  • Viruses can live up to 2 hours on surfaces
  • Viruses can be transferred between people up to 6 times
  • Hard surfaces should be wiped daily

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