A new study revealed some common surfaces that many of us touch every day which are dangerously infested with germs!
Gas pump handles, escalator rails, and many other things that you commonly come in contact with on your commute are germy enough to make you sick, according to new research by the hygiene products and services company Kimberly-Clark Professional. Testers swabbed high-trafficked surfaces in six major US cities, measuring for levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP exists in all bacteria, including Staphylococcus and E. coli, and its presence is a good measure that something is unsanitary. “Surfaces with ATP readings of 300 or higher could make you ill,” says study coauthor Kelly Arehart, PhD.
Check out the percent of common surfaces that are dangerously dirty. Avoid touching them when possible, and use hand sanitizer when you can’t.
- 68% of sidewalk mailbox handles
- 71% of gas pump handles
- 43% of escalator rails
- 41% of ATM buttons
- 35% of crosswalk buttons
- 35% of vending machine buttons
- 40% of parking meters
And make sure to wash your hands!