Keep in Touch But Avoid Germs-The Ultimate Test at Globe-Sioux Falls

Email is the easiest way to stay in touch with friends, but it is

also an easy way to be in contact with unwanted germs and bacteria.  Keyboards and other hands-on spots around campus are being analyzed thanks to some Globe Medical Assisting students.

Each quarter, the urinalysis/microbiology students learn how to collect and interpret data in several areas with high traffic use. This week, samples were taken from a Thinking Cap keyboard, the downstairs women’s bathroom door handle to name a few places.

Globe Medial Assisting Student, Tim, swabs the Thinking Cap computer keyboard

The class then analyzes the growth on the petri dishes to see what is living and growing on campus. It will take a couple of days to get the test samples, but Instructor Jo Penning says the results could be eye opening.

“Last year we found we found Strep A off one handle,” said Penning. “We really see how clean things are.”

Globe MA student, Dawn Tysdale, swabs the women's bathroom door for germs

The group hopes the tests make people take a closer look at hygiene habits.  There are several ways to stay safe: wash your hands regularly, use the antibacterial lotions that are conveniently located around campus, and stop touching your face.  Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with “germy” hands makes it easy for the bacteria to get inside of you and move through your body.

Flu season will be here before we know it. Protect yourself and others now with these simple steps, and stay tuned to find out what was found lurking around the Globe campus.

Tips for keeping your keyboard clean:

Wash or sanitize your hands before and after using your keyboard.

Keep food and drinks away from your work area.

Use cans of compressed air to get rid of dirt buildup.

Read your user’s manual to see if the keys can be removed for cleaning.

Use a cotton swab and a linen cloth to clean around keys.

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