Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ubiquitous Germs

2,022,300How Many Germs Live On Your Keyboard?

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10 Comments:

At October 17, 2007 11:34 AM, Blogger nanc said...

2206030.

and that's precisely why i'm so healthy - when i feel a cold coming on, i might have a cigar and scare the hell out of it.

i have a hard time believing my keyboard has the equivalent of 400 toilet seats in the germ count.

i have a test at my place to see who your ideal potus candidate is.

 
At October 17, 2007 11:55 AM, Blogger cube said...

My number sounds low.

I'm not one of those anal retentive people that run around cleaning surfaces all day long, but I do wash my hands a lot.

I can already tell you that my ideal POTUS candidate is the one that can beat Hillary or the dem candidate.

 
At October 17, 2007 6:11 PM, Blogger cube said...

When you think of the ubiquity of bacteria, my number sounds awfully low. What gives? Do you suppose this Internet test is bogus?

;-)

 
At October 17, 2007 10:34 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That Superbug is hitonious!!!
I think it's time to start wearing a mask like they do in Japan. I saw some people wearing those on the trains when we went to Japan & Korea a few years ago.
Maybe we better look into wearing them.
YIKES!!

 
At October 18, 2007 6:38 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Jamie-The more you try to eliminate 'bugs', the more likely you are to cause allergy problems in your children! My Mother was a hyper clean half german...I have all sorts of allergy problems. I'm more relaxed and less hysterical, my 2 barely have problems, except during spring and fall when the wind whips up all sorts of goodies.
Too clean means the immune system tries to treat pollen and dust as germs, messes everything up! :sniffle, sniffle:
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw
Though I do use the sani-wipres at the grocery store, little people in the basket can overwhelm the system!

 
At October 18, 2007 7:04 AM, Blogger cube said...

j.d.: A mask wouldn't help with the Superbug. MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureas) is transmitted via touch & not airborne.

tmw: I agree. The best defense is a little exposure to germs which strengthens the immune system.

Wash your hands often is a good rule to follow.

 
At October 18, 2007 9:28 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i like most of the germs in my vicinity...

 
At October 18, 2007 11:01 AM, Blogger cube said...

nanc: Don't get too chummy with the MRSA bugs. Infected people are dropping like flies.

 
At October 20, 2007 4:14 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

This is actually quite serious. Gross out/TMI alert...

Last summer, I had what I thought was a bump from an ingrown hair on my inner thigh. I had never had any strange skin problems or infections, so when it got a little bigger and sore the next day I figured it was just very irritated or that the hair was really embedded in there. In about 2 days, this little bump grew to a HUGE mass and the skin around it turned really red. My roommate told me I should go to the doctor, so I decided to try to get an appointment the next day and went to bed. I already was feeling like I was coming down with a cold or something. Next day, I could barely find the energy to get out of bed and I kept throwing up. I had the chills and many flu-like symptoms. I went to the ER and was told it was an abscess caused by a staph infection. I had to have surgery on it, and the infection went so deep into my leg that it almost reached my muscle. That's how far down they had to cut. It was extremely painful and took a while to heal (luckily I had one of those wound-vacs which cut my healing time in half or better) but the infection still hadn't left my system. I ended up with 2 more abscesses, although they only required small incisions since I caught them right away since I knew what to look for. I started getting several more bumps and they finally admitted me to the hospital. I was there for 5 days on IV antibiotics. Luckily, the meds killed the smaller bumps that were forming and after being released, I didn't have any recurrences. But that experience was a nightmare, and I literally have the scars to prove it. The scariest thing about it is that if I had let it go much longer, it probably could've killed me.

The worst part is that my doctor told me that there's really nothing you can do to prevent these infections because staph is EVERYWHERE. Some people react to it and some don't. I had never had a problem in my whole life and then all of a sudden - whammo - a particularly bad germ found its way in. They really need to do more research on this because this is crazy, scary stuff. And once you get these abscesses, occasionally you can get them to pop on their own by using heat compresses, but a good portion of the time the only way to get rid of them is to cut them open.

 
At October 20, 2007 10:42 AM, Blogger cube said...

beckeye: What a nightmare. It's a good thing you didn't delay treatment any longer than you did. The key to stopping these staph infections is getting them early.

 

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