Cafeteria Trays have more germs than toilet seats


There are shocking new reports from a study conducted by NSF International, an independent non profit organization. Samples were taken from schools and the findings show that as many as 2.7 million bacterial cells are found per square inch on areas such as computer keyboards, bus seats, water fountains, cafeteria trays and desks.

Germ Stop reports on the NSF findings:

* Drinking water fountain spigots had the highest amount of bacteria on the tested surfaces — 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch.

* A cafeteria tray had more than 10 times as many germs as a toilet seat (33,800 bacterial cells per square inch vs. 3,200 bacterial cells per square inch).

* A student’s hand had 1,500 bacterial cells per square inch.

* Commonly cleaned areas, such as desks and doorknobs had fewer germs (19 bacterial cells per square inch and 5 bacterial cells per square inch respectively), while computer keyboards and ear phones had significantly more at 260 bacterial cells per square inch and 740 bacterial cells per square inch, respectively.

Alarming isn't it! Although not all germs are harmful, they can suggest presence of bacterias that can lead to illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella, the common cold and flu. The CDC estimated that 164 million days of school are lost every single year due to illnesses. Half of those could be eliminated with thorough hand washing.



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