Think twice before eating those dropped crumbs off your computer keyboard- you might as well be eating off a toilet seat.
A study by British consumer magazine Which? Computing asked a microbiologist to examine 33 keyboards in a typical London office, a toilet seat and a toilet handle for bugs generally found in unhygienic places. Four keyboards were judged potential health hazards and the microbiologist recommended the removal of one keyboards as it had 150 times the pass limit of bacteria- five times filthier than the swabbed toilet seat.
“Most people don’t give much thought to the grime that builds up on their PC (keyboard), but if you don’t clean your computer (keyboard), you might as well eat your lunch off the toilet” said Sarah Kidner, editor of Which?Computing in a statement. The study found that eating lunch at desks is the main cause of a bug-infested keyboard (ouch, that’s close to home). Dropped crumbs and food encourages growth of millions of bacteria. Poor personal hygiene, such as not washing hands after going to the toilet, may also add to the dirtiness of keyboards.
But despite the health hazards of a dirty keyboard, a survey of 4,000 people by the magazine found one in 10 persons- or 11 per cent- never cleaned their keyboard while another two in 10 never cleaned their mouse (how did the mouse come into the picture?). To clear out bugs, the magazine recommends users unplug keyboards, turn them upside down and shake them (hey, Which, what do we do with the mice?)
(Excuse me, I need to clean my keyboard. I can’t believe I’ve been working in a public toilet of my own making for so long. Now I have to figure out what to do with the mouse).
Please save yourself and other who work in the same area as you do the ‘luxury’ of eating in a public toilet. Clean your keyboard! and your mouse, if you can figure out a way to do the cleaning.