The Five Most Common Germs Lurking in Your Office

If you’re like most people, germs and bacteria are probably two of the last things on your mind when you head in for a day at the office. Unfortunately, even when you aren’t thinking about them, germs are lurking on your cell phone, inside your office fridge, and even colonizing your keyboard. Therefore, we’d like to shed light on some of the most common germs found within an office setting.

  • Norovirus. The norovirus is sometimes referred to as the virus behind certain types of stomach flus and is commonly found in the bathrooms and cooking areas of office spaces. It is also highly contagious and can be spread through food, water, and contaminated surfaces.
  • Salmonella. The term “salmonella” refers to a family of bacteria that can flourish in raw or undercooked foods and cause illness. Consuming a food product contaminated with salmonella can cause severe food poisoning.
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli). E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause stomach problems, vomiting, and cramping. It is commonly transported through trace amounts of fecal matter to surfaces outside of the bathroom…so remember to wash your hands!
  • Staphylococcus aureus (skin staph infections). Staph infections originate from infected cuts or scrapes and can easily be transferred to nearly any surface in your office. This type of bacteria can cause serious skin infections if allowed to enter through an abrasion.
  • Influenza. The flu doesn’t go away when winter ends! Sneezing, runny noses, and coughing can all cause the influenza virus to become airborne in your office, leading to more sickness and cases of the flu.
  • Regular visits from a professional cleaning company can help keep these five common strains of germs (and thousands more!) away from you and the people you care about. Whether you’re an office manager looking for commercial cleaning companies in PA to keep your space as healthy as possible, or a busy parent comparing house cleaning companies in Doylestown, PA, Minch Cleaning has a plan for you! Give our team a call today at 267-202-4412 to get started!