Filthiest Surfaces in America – Are You Touching One?

Posted by on June 6, 2012

Think about all of the surfaces you touch throughout the day or even over the course of a week – thousands, right?  Door knobs, light switches, car doors, TV remote, ATM buttons, water fountain, vending machine buttons–the list could go on and on.

Have you ever taken a moment to think about the thousands of germs that are on those surfaces and if it’s a public surface – who disinfects them?  According to the May/June 2012 edition of CMA Today, many public surfaces never get disinfected!

Here’s what the CMA Today reports as the filthiest surfaces in America:

  • Public mailboxes
  • Escalator rails
  • ATM buttons
  • Parking meters
  • Crosswalk buttons
  • Vending machine buttons
  • and the number one – GAS STATION PUMPING HANDLES

The magazine reports that according to Kimberly-Clark Professional, who did the bacteria testing, these items carry more bacteria because they may never be disinfected, viruses can live up to 2 hours on objects and germs can stick around for 48 hours.

So what’s a person to do?  Invest in Lysol wipe mittens to wear everywhere?  Thankfully your immune system takes care of most germs you pick up, but if it’s cold or flu season, make sure you are washing your hands properly after touching these surfaces and many others!

Interested in learning what “proper” hand washing looks like?  Contact our college – we would love to send a few medical assisting students out to demonstrate!


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