Monday, January 16, 2012

Top "Germy" Places in School

Check out the most germy places in school according to a report released by Yahoo. In fact, bathrooms may be one of the cleanest areas because schools prioritize daily cleaning. Due to budget cuts, many school custodians are sweeping, vacuuming and taking out the trash but rarely have the time or the tools to clean other important areas. 
The places that should be cleaned often, but aren't, include: 

  • Water fountains. They can harbor as many as 2.7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot --
    and, apparently, the water in them isn't always clean either.
  • Manual pencil sharpeners. Most classrooms still have them -- and most kids don't wash their hands before or after using them.
  • Computer keyboards and mice. These frequently used tools can have 200 times as muchbacteria on them as a toilet seat. 
  • Sink faucet handles. The thing that most people touch right before they wash their hands.
  • Tabletops, like classroom desks and the tables in school cafeterias. According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a University of Arizona microbiologist whose work has earned him the nickname "Dr. Germ," the average desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.
  • Source: Yahoo

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