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.

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