Health Warning On Computer Keyboards

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By Sky News SkyNews - 2 hours 10 minutes ago (16:00 1/2/8

Your computer keyboard could be dirtier than your toilet.


A study from Which? Computing has found some keyboards contained more bacteria than the average lavatory seat.

Researchers took swabs from 30 office keyboards and uncovered a cocktail of bugs that can cause infection and illness.

Two contained staphylococcus aureus which can lead to skin infections and food poisoning.

In one case, a microbiologist recommended that a keyboard be removed as a precaution after finding bacteria readings "off the scale".

James Francis says the contamination is largely due to a lack of proper lunch breaks.

"More and more people are eating at their desks and are transferring from hand to mouth all the time. That is making things worse," he explained.

"Telephones are also a problem. We have found a lot of pathogenic disease-causing bacteria on telephones in hotel rooms, for example.

"It is often down to common sense. If something looks grimy and horrible there is a good chance it is."

Jaclyn Clarabut, assistant editor at Which? Computing, told Sky News Online people have to take responsibility for their office environment.

"People should use alcohol wipes to really get rid of the germs. The best thing is to tip keyboards upside down and watch the crumbs fall out. Once that's gone the bacteria stops growing," she said.

"If people don't clean their keyboards regularly, they might as well eat lunch in the toilet."

Contrary to some advice posted online though, office workers should not take their keyboards home and put them in the dishwasher.
 

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What dirty ass office did they run these tests in lol!

We all use keyboards, can't see us eating out of the loo though!

:)
 

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Just another stupid survey conducted by prats who haven't got a proper job!!!
 

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@pipsqueaker

If you read the story reported by sky news it is something that the "witch consumer magazine" has looked at, http://www.which.co.uk/ not "Just another stupid survey conducted by prats who haven't got a proper job!!!" as you suggested.
 

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Just another stupid survey conducted by prats who haven't got a proper job!!!

Where did it say it was a survey? It's fact, substantiated by proper scientific research. There is plenty of evidence available on this subject if you can be bothered googling it.

It might be an idea to think before posting.
 

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I do think before posting.
This sort of shite pops up almost every day. Anybody died yet? NO, and nobody will.
 
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