Everyday you’re confronted with germs, bacteria, and viruses that have the potential to make you very ill. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to stay away from all these germs, but it is possible to kill a significant amount of these germs and prevent the spread of unwanted bacteria.
Every year in the United States food borne illnesses cause 76 million illnesses, 325,00 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths. However, not only food borne illness will cause you to become sick. There are germs crawling all over your everyday used items.
Before you even leave your house to start your day, you’re confronted with nasty germs that are just begging to get you sick. Take for instance, that sponge that sits on your sink to “clean” your dishes. A milliliter of foul water that is squeezed out of your kitchen sponge contains up to 10 million bacteria. Not just that, the seals on your refrigerator were tested positive for common molds around 83% of the time. Before you leave the house, don’t forget your cell phone. And did we mention, 16% of cell phones have feces on them?
Once you get to work, you’re hit with more germs begging to infect your body. With 72% of workers admitting they attend work while they’re sick, it’s no surprise that bacteria is crawling all over the workplace. Cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. Surfaces that are considered a high risk for illness transmission include the break room faucet handles, microwave door handles, computer keyboards, refrigerator door handles, and water fountain buttons. The high germ zones in your office are the computer mice (which were found to be 3 times dirtier than a toilet seat), keyboards that were found to be 5 times dirtier than a toilet seat, your office desk, light switches, and office phones.
Although there are germs on everything you come in contact with, there are ways of preventing the spread of germs and even killing the germs, bacteria and viruses. To prevent the spread of germs; wash your hands often, carry hand sanitizer and use often, and regularly clean your keyboard, phone and desk area. After taking the precautions to prevent disease by the spread of germs, use ionSwipes long-term antimicrobial to kill 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria for up to 2 weeks.
Check out this infographic presented by ionSwipes to learn more about dirty habits and what you can do to prevent them.