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Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Nasty Keyboard

posted by on May 1 at 9:29 AM

“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,” [said Dr Wilson, a consultant microbiologist at University College London Hospital…]
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…

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Now go test the sponge sitting in your kitchen sink. If it stays wet, it's toxic.

Posted by Fnarf | May 1, 2008 9:23 AM

How many trips do you make to, Charles?

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 1, 2008 9:24 AM

And yet, I haven't died. Amazing.

Posted by Abby | May 1, 2008 9:25 AM

I bet car steering wheels are nearly as bad.

News flash: Germs are everywhere, and that's generally OK. Your body is very, very good at defending itself from the little beasties. Yay for skin and mucus!

(You could use Purell or some other alcohol sanitizer, but then you're just breeding alcohol-resistant bacteria.)

Posted by NaFun | May 1, 2008 9:26 AM

yes, but it's my gut and my nose.

Posted by infrequent | May 1, 2008 9:26 AM

Is it that time of year already? It seems like every spring they trot out the "your keyboard is dirtier than your toilet seat" articles. They must be planted by Dow Chemical or Unilever to sell spring cleaning products.

Posted by Lou | May 1, 2008 9:28 AM

hush, poe, hush.

Posted by charles mudede | May 1, 2008 9:29 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | May 1, 2008 9:30 AM

I totes just picked my nose then went back to scrolling just now, and I found this article....hmm

Posted by Non | May 1, 2008 9:32 AM

FEAR! BE AFRAID! PANIC! You know all those drownings of young male college students? Clearly they were actually the result of some germ that drove them to find water and forget how to swim.

Posted by yep | May 1, 2008 9:36 AM

Yet flesh-eating and resistant bacteria infections don't come from keyboards or steering wheels or even toilet seats. They come from antiseptic hospitals.

Posted by elenchos | May 1, 2008 9:47 AM

So, the keyboard is like a gym for my immune system...sweet.

*types furiously*

Posted by Jeremy | May 1, 2008 9:49 AM

So the keyboard reflects what is in your nose and gut but what about what comes out of your penis. Every guy has tossed at least one off while sitting at their computer and continued the one handed typing routine.

Posted by Keyboard fetish | May 1, 2008 10:18 AM

I have never come on my keyboard. just sayin'.

Posted by NaFun | May 1, 2008 10:56 AM

But everything you've ever touched has touched your computer. We're not talking big globs here. Though some of the people I work with.... I've cleaned most of a sandwich out of some of the keyboards around here (and I don't even want to talk about what I've found inside the mouse ball cavity).

Posted by Fnarf | May 1, 2008 11:58 AM

I'm creeped out every time I use the keyboards at Scarecrow Video to search for DVDs.

Posted by MarkyMark | May 1, 2008 1:53 PM

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