The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

The toilet seat doesn't even make the list. Find out what does.

The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

Each year, Americans spend about $3 billion on doctors’ visits due to colds and another $2 billion on cold treatments. The workplace is ground zero for colds. You’d be surprised to find out where germs are most likely hiding in your office. Gathering data from a variety of different workspaces—law firms and call centers, among others—researchers swabbed thousands of surfaces. Here’s a list of the eight most contaminated areas. You might look at your keyboard differently after this.

Microwave Door Handles

The office microwave is a busy person's best friend. In a matter of minutes, you can walk away from the microwave with your favorite tea, soup, and snack. Unfortunately, you're also likely to walk away with a handful of germs. Microwave door handles are more than twice as contaminated as water fountain buttons, and nearly three times as contaminated as vending machine buttons. For every 100 microwaves, about 48 have an ATP of 300 or higher.

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