Facts About Bacteria

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  • There are more than 3000 bacteria cells on your hand representing over 100 species (Mayo Clinic).
  • About 10,000 microbial species occupy the human ecosystem. Moreover, between 81 and 99 percent of all microorganism in healthy adults (National Institute of Health).
  • Seven infected persons can 100% contaminate a room of 1000ft3 (10ft x 12ft x 9ft) in less than one hour (American Lung Association & John Hopkins Medicine).
  • A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour (Yale University- Science magazine).
  • Researchers have reported bacterial concentrations up to 10,000 bacteria colonies per cm2 on HVAC air-handling cooling coils (National Institute of Health).
  • Curtains seen in hospitals, long term homes, clinics, office, public buildings used to separate patients and provide privacy. Researchers found more than a fifth of 1,500 samples taken from six post-acute care nursing facilities were laced with one or more dangerous bacteria, including the hospital bug MRSA (Medical Express).
  • 2.7 million bacterial cells were found per square inch at water fountains in elementary schools (National Sanitation Foundation).
  • Microorganisms have the capacity to survive on fabrics for more than 51 days (US National Library of Medicine).
  • Cell phones have been reported to have more germs than a toilet seat (Cleveland Clinic & US National Library of Medicine).
  • The amount of bacteria on a commercial elevator button is nearly 40x higher than on a public toilet seat (Stanley Elevator Company) and (US National Library of Medicine).
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While hand sanitizers are touted as able to kill many bacteria, they aren't foolproof. Noroviruses, which account for 58% of foodborne illnesses in the US, are not killed or reduced with the use of hand sanitizer. (Michigan State University, 2016)

  • Microorganisms can live on any kitchen surface for a minimum seven days with a bacteria concentration 1000 colonies per inch square (US National Library of Medicine).
  • Keyboards, TV Screens and Monitors that we use every day are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. They have fourfold germs than a toilet seat (US National Library of Medicine).
  • A typical carpet contains roughly 200,000 bacteria per square inch on average, making it technically 4,000 times more germ laden than a toilet seat (US National Library of Medicine).
  • Pets, as well as children who spend more time on the floor and touch their hands to their mouths, are more at risk of being affected by toxic particles in your carpet (American Lung Association).
  • Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces in commercial airplane cabins for up to a week (Auburn University)!
  • On a plane, MRSA bacteria survived the longest 168 hours—on material from the seat-back pocket, while E. coli Bacteria lived for 96 hours on the material from the armrest (Federal Aviation Administration Centre, in partnership with Delta Airlines).
  • Any type of germ can live in your car, including bacteria linked to corona virus, norovirus, cold and flu. Around 700 strains of bacteria live in the average car (CarRentals.com).
  • Indoor air samples collected from 30 ambulance runs found that between 17.0% to 50.9% of air samples had a high level bacterial or fungal count indicating poor ventilation or unsanitary conditions (Oman Medical Journal [2015).

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