Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Let your fingers do the . . . vomiting???

A news report warns that your computer keyboard may be five times dirtier and less hygienic than the average toilet seat.

Many users are at risk of becoming ill with stomach bugs, according to the consumer group Which?

It warned that 'qwerty tummy', named after the first six letters on a keyboard, could sweep through workplaces after tests on equipment in its own London offices showed alarming results.

One keyboard was so dirty that a microbiologist ordered it to be removed, quarantined and cleaned.

It had 150 times the acceptable limit for bacteria and was five times as filthy as a typical lavatory seat.

Anyone who eats a sandwich or piece of fruit having been tapping on such a keyboard can pick up bacteria that could lead to a stomach upset.

. . .

"The main cause of a bug-infested keyboard is eating lunch at desks, as the food deposits encourage the growth of millions of bacteria.

"Poor personal hygiene, such as dodging hand washing after going to the lavatory, may also be to blame.

"Most people don't give much thought to the grime that builds up on their PC, but if you don't clean your computer, you might as well eat your lunch off a lavatory seat."

Which? found that one in ten people never clean their keyboard, while 20 per cent never clean their mouse.

Around half cleaned their keyboard less than one a month.

Food for thought, that. I know I don't clean my keyboard regularly - but then, I'm the only one that uses it, so I'm not exposed to anything I haven't put there!

(I wonder what happened to that linguini alle vongole that fell down behind the spacebar a few months ago?)



Fire Fox said...

We have 5 positions that operate 24hrs a day. We have 3 shifts of people who rotate through those positions. (20 people). If we didn't hose the place down each shift I can't even imagine what kinda-nasty we'd be exposed to!

dneylon said...

I'd probably pay a bit extra for a keyboard that was easier to clean. And a vinyl cover doesn't count.

And a short time after reading your post I came across this.

Peter (not our Gracious Host) said...

To answer your very last comment, I would imagine that there's a naked clam with very bad garlic breath plotting revenge under the space bar....