ERIC Number: EJ888636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Are Computer Keyboards Making You--or Your Students--Sick?
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n4 p53-54 Dec 2008
According to new research by the London-based consumer group Which? (www.which.co.uk), a computer's keyboard may be harboring the kinds of bugs that can cause a nasty case of food poisoning. "The main cause of a bug-infested keyboard is eating at one's desk," according to a report released by the group. Crumbs and spills can wind up on and between the keys. "The food deposits encourage the growth of millions of bacteria, which can lead to stomach bugs." Another cause of bacterial contamination of keyboards is poor personal hygiene such as neglecting to wash one's hands after going to the bathroom. One potential cause of a keyboard that can make someone sick not mentioned in the report is sharing it among many users--as is typical in school settings--one of whom may have inadvertently coughed or sneezed onto it or into his or her hand. There's no economical way to test all keyboards, but there are commonsense ways to prevent bacterial contamination or eliminate it if it exists. The way to deal with a dirty keyboard is to simply clean it--and cleaning a mildly dirty keyboard is easy. In this article, the author offers keyboard cleaning and disinfecting tips.
Descriptors: Hygiene, Microbiology, Communicable Diseases, Health Promotion, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Computer Peripherals, Computers
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