Avoiding Germs in Schools and Offices

Anyone with kids in school knows. Anyone working in an office knows. When cold and flu season  hits, kids and office workers are at high risk of bringing these illnesses home. Every day, there is a large gathering of people in schools and offices and some of those people will be sick. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure those buildings stay relatively free of germs and building occupants stay healthy.

Hot Spots for Germs

High touch surfaces are favorite spots for germs to hang out and the perfect place for people to pick up illnesses. Some of these areas in schools and offices include:

  • Water fountains
  • Vending machines
  • Phones and keyboards
  • Door handles and light switches
  • Washroom and lunch room faucets

The Facts about Germs

  • The average school desk can have more than 20,000 germs per square inch.
  • Surfaces touched by teachers have 10 times more germs per square inch than surfaces touched by any other professional
  • 80% of germs are spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and hands.
  • People sick with the flu can infect others 24 hours before they show any symptoms.

 Cleaning to Avoid Germs – Wash, Wipe and Sanitize

Wash – Thorough hand washing with soap is still the most effective way of reducing the chance of illness. In addition, hand drying with paper towels can reduce germs by 77%.

Wipe – Use disinfectant wipes to clean desks, door handles, keyboards, etc. on a daily basis will help kill lingering germs.

Sanitize – Reduce your sick days by 21% by regularly using hand sanitizer.

Follow these simply hygiene tips and you will steer clear of the thousands of germs threatening your health and reduce your chance of getting sick by 80%.


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