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.

Vending Machine Buttons

The next time you resort to a quick snack from the office vending machine, you might want to remember this: 21 percent of vending machine buttons have an ATP count of 300 or higher. In other words, you probably want to scrub your hands before you reach into that bag of cookies. Otherwise, you might catch a cold!

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