The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

The toilet seat doesn't even make the list. Find out what does.

The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

Each year, Americans spend about $3 billion on doctors’ visits due to colds and another $2 billion on cold treatments. The workplace is ground zero for colds. You’d be surprised to find out where germs are most likely hiding in your office. Gathering data from a variety of different workspaces—law firms and call centers, among others—researchers swabbed thousands of surfaces. Here’s a list of the eight most contaminated areas. You might look at your keyboard differently after this.

Break Room Sink Faucet Handles

Break room sink handles take home the Most Contaminated in the Office award. Actually, they keep the award at the office—you take home the germs. You might think of your break room as a cozy reprieve from your desk. "People are aware of the risk of germs in the restroom, but areas like break rooms have not received the same degree of attention," says Dr. Charles Gerba, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Arizona. For starters, here's a troubling figure: 75 out of every 100 break room sink handles have an ATP count of 300 or higher. In practical terms, that means it could be a good idea to stay away from the break room sink.

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