March 15, 2004

Germs, Germs Everywhere

Over on Slashdot there's a link to a BBC story on germs on desk and work surfaces that's guaranteed to make you squirm.

While it comes as no surprise to me that desktop surfaces, keyboards, mice, and phones are, in the BBC's words, "bacteria cafeterias," I've always wondered more about conference room tables.

I remember at places like and eBay, where conference rooms would be booked from 8am to 8pm some days, one meeting after another, and by the end of the day the surfaces would be downright sticky. Think about all the working lunches you've had in a conference room. If a desktop has 29,000 germs per squre inch, imagine how many germs live on the typical office conference room table, that's been used by dozens of groups of people, some with colds, some with less-than-perfect hygeine habits, all day long.

It's no wonder people come down with colds and worse when they work in office environments...

Posted by brian at March 15, 2004 09:38 PM

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