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Sat 3 May 2008

 

Keyboards 'dirtier than a toilet'

 

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Many people eat their lunch at their computers, leaving crumbs

Some computer keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat, research has suggested.

Consumer group Which? said tests at its London offices found equipment carrying bugs that could cause food poisoning.

Out of 33 keyboards swabbed, four were regarded as a potential health hazard and one harboured five times more germs than one of the office's toilet seats.

Microbiologist Dr Peter Wilson said a keyboard was often "a reflection of what is in your nose and in your gut".

During the Which? tests in January this year, a microbiologist deemed one of the office's keyboards to be so dirty he ordered it to be removed, quarantined and cleaned.

It had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria - five times as filthy as a lavatory seat tested at the same time, the research found.

 

Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you're very likely to pick it up from a keyboard

Dr Peter Wilson
Consultant microbiologist

The equipment was swabbed for bugs, such as those that can cause food poisoning like E.coli and staphylococcus aureus.

Dr Wilson, a consultant microbiologist at University College London Hospital, told BBC Radio 5 Live sharing a keyboard could be passing on illnesses among office workers.

"If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it's more or less a reflection of what's in your nose and in your gut," he said.

"Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you're very likely to pick it up from a keyboard."

Which? said one of the causes of dirty keyboards was users eating lunch at their desk, with crumbs encouraging the growth of bacteria.

Poor personal hygiene, such as not washing hands after going to the toilet, could also be to blame, it said.

Cleaning techniques

Which? computing editor Sarah Kidner advised users to give their computer "a spring clean".

"It's quite simple to do and could prevent your computer from becoming a health hazard," she said.

She said dust and food crumbs should be shaken out of keyboards and they should be wiped with a soft, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth. They should also be disinfected with alcohol wipes.

Research by the University of Arizona last year found the average office desktop harboured 400 times more bacteria than the average office toilet seat.

They also found that, compared to men, on average women have three to four times the amount of germs in, on and around their work area.

 

 

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Benign......................What you be after you be eight.
Bacteria...................Back door to cafeteria.
Barium.....................What doctors do when patients die.
Cesarean Section....A neighborhood in Rome.
Catscan..................Searching for Kitty.
Cauterize................Made eye contact with her.
Colic.......................A sheep dog.
Coma.......................A punctuation mark.
D&C........................Where Washington is.
Dilate......................To live long.
Enema.....................Not a friend.
Fester.....................Quicker than someone else.
Fibula......................A small lie.
G.I.Series................World Series of military baseball.
Hangnail..................What you hang your coat on.
Impotent.................Distinguished, well known.
Labor Pain..............Getting hurt at work.
Medical Staff.........A Doctor's cane.
Morbid....................A higher offer than I bid.
Nitrates..................Cheaper than day rates.
Node.......................I knew it.
Outpatient.............A person who has fainted.
Pap Smear...............A fatherhood test.
Pelvis......................Second cousin to Elvis.
Post Operative.......A letter carrier.
Recovery Room......Place to do upholstery.
Rectum..................Damn near killed him.
Secretion...............Hiding something
Seizure...................Roman emperor.
Tablet....................A small table.
Terminal Illness......Getting sick at the airport.
Tumor....................More than one.
Urine.....................Opposite of mine.
Varicose.................Near by/close by.

 

 

 

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Tue 1 Apr 2008

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Wed 22 Aug 2007

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Fri 27 Jul 2007
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Thu 12 Apr 2007
This is a mail from the person working with Software Company with his life incident 
 


Dear colleagues, I am working in Blore Software City .

I wanted to share an incident of my life with you, hoping that it may be an eye opener to you so that you can live more years.

On 27 th October afternoon I had severe heart attack symptom and I was rushed to the hospital.


After reaching to the hospital the doctors prescribed a test called angiogram. This test is basically to identify blood flow of heart arteries.

When they finished the test they found a 94% block in the main artery, please see the image below with red circle.

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At this point I wanted to share my living style which has caused this block in my heart arteries. Please see the below points of my life style, if any of these points are part of your life style then you are at risk, please change yourselves.

1.         I was not doing any physical exercise for more than 10 years, not even walking 30 minutes a day for years.

2.         My food timings are 11:00 AM Breakfast or no Breakfast, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Lunch and dinner at 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM.  

3.         Sleeping in very odd timings, going to bed between 12:00 AM and 3:00 AM. Waking up at between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Some times spending
           sleepless nights.
4.         I used to eat heavily because of long gaps between lunch and dinner and I used to make sure that Non-Veg is available most of the time, there were
           times when I did survey on city hotels to find delicious Non-Veg dishes. I was never interested in vegetable and healthier food.
5.         Above all I was chain smoker form years.
6.         My father passed away due to heart problems, and the doctors say the heart problems are usually genetic.



Once they identified the major block they have done immediately a procedure called angioplasty along with 2 Stents, mean they will insert a foreign body into the heart arteries and open the blocked area of arteries.

Please see the below image after the procedure.

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I learnt form the doctors that 60% people will die before reaching the hospital, 20% people will die in the process of recovering form heart attack and only 20% will survive. In my case I was very lucky to be part of the last 20%.
 

Doctors instructions:

1.         Need to have physical exercise for minimum of 45 minutes daily.
2.        
Eat your food at perfect timings , like how you eat during your school days. Eat in small quantities more times and have lot of vegetables
           and boiled food, try to avoid fry items and oily food. Fish is good than other non-vegetarian food.

3.         Sleep for 8 hours a day, this count
should complete before sun rising .
4.         Stop smoking.
5.         Genetic problems, we can not avoid but we can get away form it by having regular checkups.
6.         Find a way to get relived from the stress (Yoga, Meditation? etc).


So I urge you all to please avoid getting into this situation, it is in your hands to turn the situation up side down, by just planning / changing your life style, by following simple  points above.
Because life is wealth and GOD gives you life only once. I pray to GOD that no one should face this situation.

Wish you a healthier life.  

 

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