Get ready for the real deal on bacteria, FNites! Research conducted by Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona, shows that your office desk has 50 times more germs than a toilet seat. That means you’re actually surrounded by more bacteria when you’re munching on a quick snack in your cubicle than when you’re taking a trip to the bathroom.
According to the article on ABC, Dr. Gerba’s findings on germ counts in the house showed that out of 15 household locations, the toilet seat had the lowest germ count while the kitchen sponge had the highest. “If an alien came from space and studied the bacterial counts,” he is quoted as saying, “he probably would conclude he should wash his hands in your toilet.”
His team also studied five types of bacteria on 12 surfaces in four office locations. Phone receivers had the most bacteria per square inch (25,000) followed by the desktop (21,000), keyboard (3,300), and mouse (1,700). The most surprising result of all was that the toilet seat still emerged the cleanest, with just 49 bacteria per square inch.