Saturday, January 15, 2011

British study germs on ATM keypads, public toilets

Though it is well known, a new study has confirmed that public facilities are a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Bathrooms are as full of bacteria obviously, but ATM keypads are almost as bad. Though the anti-bacterial surface maker funded the study, some people are still grossed out. Just think of the payday loan the bank will have to take out if someone sued them for getting sick at the ATM.

What germs the ATM keypad holds

The bacteria on many common public surfaces were studied by British researchers. Samples from ATM keypads, under the seat of public toilets, gas pump handles and even grocery carts were taken with swabs and grown. A sterile bag was used to seal the samples. They were then put in a petri dish to grow them. There were bacteria grown on all four swabs. These included coliform as well as e. coli. All samples got the same amount of bacteria initially. Still, the highest bacteria load came from public toilets. ATM keypads were a very close second to the public toilets in bacterial load.

Considering the ATM keypad / British study of public toilets

Studying ATM keypads and public toilets didn't bring anything new to mind. It was all expected. An antibacterial surface coatings company actually funded the study though. Studies are usually funded by someone with a motive. This is why the scientific community has issues with it. It makes perfect sense that the antibacterial products will be sold using this study. The results weren't wrong though.

Bacteria is something to stay away from

There are many ways to protect yourself from bacteria besides just buying antibacterial surface coatings. When protecting yourself from bacteria, it is extremely important to wash your hands. The infections and disease being spread isn't effected much by antibacterial products as it has been shown. You don't have to use antibacterial products. Instead, take precautions and wash your hands. This way ATM keypads and public toilets will not be any more dangerous than any other public space.

Information from

NCBI

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14996673

WTAE

wtae.com/health/24325339/detail.html



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