Where do Germs Hide? - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Where do Germs Hide?

A flyer explaining that the bulk of germs are hiding where you least suspect.

“The bulk of germs are hiding where you least suspect—playground equipment, the phone receiver, ATMS and elevator buttons.”
- Charles Gerba, professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona

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Image of Hands and faucet poster.
  • A person has more bacteria on their body than there are people in the United States
  • 229,000 germs per square inch on frequently used faucet handles
  • 21,000 germs per square inch on work desks
  • 1,500 on each square centimeter of hands

High on the worst hiding places list:

  • Work desk
  • Kitchen sink is worse than bathroom
  • Dishcloth, sponge
  • Garbage can
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathroom doorknob
  • Keyboards
  • Escalator handrails
  • Shopping cart handles
  • Picnic tables
  • Light switches
  • Remote controls
  • Toys
  • Bathroom cups
  • Pens, pencils and crayons
  • Pet cages

Updated Wednesday, 19-Apr-2017 14:24:53 CDT