A new study that analyzed "germ hotspots" in six U.S. metropolitan areas identified which commonly touched surfaces are teeming with the most illness-causing bacteria.
For the study—which was conducted by the University of Arizona —hygienists swabbed 350 of the most frequently touched surfaces in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia.
The researchers then tested the swabs' ATP levels, which indicate contamination by animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast, and mold cells. Objects that had an ATP reading of 300 or higher were deemed to have an increased risk of illness transmission.
The results showed that the following surfaces had high levels of contamination:
- 71% of gas pump handles;
- 68% of mailbox handles;
- 43% of escalator rails;
- 41% of ATM buttons;
- 40% of parking meters and kiosks;
- 35% of crosswalk buttons; and
- 35% of vending machine buttons.
Keep it clean and keep it classy people. Winter flu season is coming up and that ish is unforgiving. Do yourself and the rest of humanity a favor and carry around some anti bac hand cleanser. Thanking you.