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?
The 10 biggest germ hotspots in everyday life
the smartphone [2, 3]
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 .
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!
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https://d2evkimvhatqav.cloudfront.net/documents/2011_NSF_Household_Germ_Study_exec-summary.pdf (retrieved on: 08.06.2022)
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 Quarks.de / This is how long germs survive on surfaces
https://www.quarks.de/gesundheit/medizin/so-lange-ueberleben-keime-auf-oberflaechen/ (retrieved on: 08.06.2022)
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