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Germ alert!

These are the everyday objects with the most
viruses and bacteria

Good to know

The taps on the public toilet, the handle in the underground or the touch screen at the ticket machine – everyone knows that viruses and bacteria can be found on these surfaces. But what about inside our own four walls? How germ-laden are our everyday companions and on which objects are most microorganisms found?

This is why surface disinfection is a useful additional measure

Taps, pet toys and similar items are not only our daily companions, but also real places for germs to collect. Many fungi, viruses and bacteria can survive for considerable amounts of time on the surfaces of such objects, spread via hands or dust particles and thus become a risk of infection. On dry, lifeless surfaces, for example, flu viruses can survive for up to two days. Streptococci even have a lifespan of up to 6 months [4].

As a rule, normal cleaning is sufficient to remove bacteria and viruses. However, if there are ill or immunocompromised people in the household, it may be useful to disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as taps, light switches or door handles. For a surface disinfectant to be fully effective, however, you should use a suitable product and follow the manufacturer’s directions and instructions for use.

Surface disinfection in everyday life: easier than you think!

Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces thoroughly on a regular basis when necessary may sound like a lot of work, but with the right products, it's easier than you think.
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[1] The Public Health and Safety Organization / 2011 NSF International Household Germ Study (retrieved on: 08.06.2022)

[2] Tannhäuser R et al. (2021) Am J Infect Control S0196-6553(21)00669-6.

[3] Simmonds R et al. (2020) J Hosp Infect 104(2):207-213

[4] / This is how long germs survive on surfaces (retrieved on: 08.06.2022)

*Use disinfectants safely.
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