Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Average Keyboard Contains Almost Three Times More Bacteria than a Toilet Seat

Oh, do you think I’m referring to your home bathroom that you won’t even let your roommate use? No, I am talking about your average public toilet seat. The same bathrooms that you hold your breath before you walk into. According to Forbes, your typical keyboard will contain three times as many bacteria as your home toilet seat and just under three times as many as a public toilet seat. Perhaps we need to add a sink to every cubicle.

If you’re disgusted by these findings, you’re not alone. And it just so happens that according to the Huffington Post, an average (computer) mouse contains several thousand times more bacteria than your pet’s chew toy. And while it seems like most Americans are either unaware of these facts or simply indifferent to them, there are industries that simply cannot afford to look the other way- namely hospitals.

As a result, hospitals have begun to order keyboards from Seal Shield, in order to prevent infections. Hospitals have more to worry about than your co-worker’s sticky Cheeto-fingers. Cross-contamination can be a major issue with about 1 in 31 hospital patients getting at least one healthcare-associated infection, in any given day. We touch more surfaces today than in any point in history and doctors seem to unanimously agree that this results in issues that need to be tackled.

How do hospitals ensure that their keyboards and computer mice are perfectly sanitary? They wash them in the dishwasher, of course. This is far more effective than wiping it down with disinfectant wipes. The two most key components of effective medical keyboards are that they are dishwasher safe and feature antimicrobial product protection. The cutting edge ones that Seal Shield manufactures can even be soaked in bleach. The same cannot be said about your internet history.

While there may not be the same collective union of illnesses in your home or office that there are in a hospital, it may be wise to invest in a medical keyboard and medical mouse you can put in the washing machine without it breaking. If not, you may as well rub your hands on your toilet after you finish typing. After all, it’s three times cleaner.

Mobile Phones are a Key Component of Transmitting Infections in 2019

In 2019, your phone is essentially an extension of your hands. It doesn’t leave your side… even when you’re at the toilet. Browsing the web and answering text messages is now a standard part of using the restroom. Seems harmless enough to just have that one moment at work where you can browse your phone and not have to worry about your boss looking over your shoulder at you slacking off.

Except fecal matter can now be found in 1 of 6 phones. And if you’re sure that your phone is one of the cleaner five, are you also sure that your friends’ phones are also immune to this hazardous lack of hygiene? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of infections are transmitted through hands- of which our phones seem to be constantly glued to.

If you had to list the last ten items you’ve touched, odds are it would go something like: phone, watch, phone, soda can, phone, phone charger, remote control, light switch, thermostat, phone. This allows your phone to accumulate all the different harmful microorganisms from your household objects via your fingertips. And you may wash your hands, but once you touch your phone again it’s back to square one.

A big issue for some of the most popular phones is that their screens lack the ability to be cleaned properly. Utilizing the proper disinfection techniques that make the phones safe to use, also damage the screens and make them unusable.

This is why it’s necessary to spend a bit extra on a more effective protective film screen protector so that your phone screen can be cleaned properly. Most people will get a case to protect their phones from impact, but fail to realize that it’s just as important to protect oneself from things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. A quality screen protector will:
  • Protect your phone screen from impact and be scratch-resistant
  • Allow it to withstand harsh cleaning products
  • Feature anti-microbial product protection

Dr. Charles Gerba a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona says that “mobile phones are now mobile germ devices.” In that case, we must tackle modern problems with modern solutions.

Perhaps the most effective solution for this in 2019 is the latest Seal Screen technology from Seal Shield. It’s a custom screen protector that was designed with all of these factors in mind. They were built specifically for hospitals but can be purchased by consumers as well.