We’re always seeing news stories about “the germiest surfaces.” Usually, the stories are crafted and pitched by PR firms representing cleaning products brands, and the take away for the audience is that you can never disinfect your hands or your house too much.
The latest such news trend is the germiest places in the office. The clip above has one take, while another online story provides additional workplace candidates for the germiest honors. Number 1? The water fountain. Surprise, surprise.
My take: Duh. Yes, there are germs everywhere. Rule of thumb (and hands): just wash your hands in hot soapy water before you eat and after you’re in the restroom. Nothing much more complicated than what mom tried to teach us. One of my neighbors who works at a large banking headquarters office in town told me how he can’t believe the number of male co-workers who do their business–all matters of business– in the office restrooms and just leave without washing their hands. And these are educated, technically savvy technology pros. You would think they would understand basic science and biology to know you MUST wash hands after using a public restroom.
So rather than trying to combat and worry about every germ-laden surface that turns up showing columns of microbes under infrared light, how about using basic hygiene habits that have been around for decades.