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.

Water Fountain Buttons

It's important to stay hydrated, but it might not be so wise to do so using the water fountain. Research suggests that water fountain buttons are highly contaminated with microorganisms present in vegetable, yeast, animal, and bacterial cells. Twenty three percent of water fountain buttons have an ATP count of 300 or higher. That personal water bottle is a smart idea after all.

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