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Germiest places in your office

According to a new survey that says 90% of office workers come to work when sick.  Even worse, they know their coughing and sneezing may be infecting others, but 45% said an ever-growing workload makes it necessary.

“Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.  People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs,” according to the CDC.

People can also catch the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.  Studies have also shown that human influenza viruses can survive on surfaces between 2 and 8 hours.

So what are some of germiest places in your office?  Researchers including Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona, swabbed some 4,800 surfaces in office buildings to find out.  Office types included manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, and call centers.  Here’s a list of the top 6 places to avoid this flu season based on the study results.

  1. break room sink-faucet handles
  2. microwave door handles
  3. keyboards
  4. refrigerator door handles
  5. water fountain buttons
  6. vending machine buttons

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