My (disgusting) desk

This evening Jane and I watched “Should I Worry About… The Office?” on BBC1. They explored this worrying fact:

Did you know that a study in America found that the average office desk can harbour up to 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat? If your desk is dirty, you could catch colds, flu, diarrhoea and at worse, hepatitis A.

In order to avoid these office nasties, the solution is simple – don’t eat at your desk. Crumbs provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply and make your desk a ‘bacteria cafeteria’.

As soon as the programme finished I washed down my desk with Dettol anti-bacterial fluid, and hoovered out my desk drawer. I also washed down my mouse with Dettol and used a compressed air canister to blow out all the dirt from inside my keyboard. I felt sick when I discovered what was being harboured in there: hair, skin, nail clippings (?!), bits of food, …eurgh! I hoovered it out too.

I should aim to do that on a regular basis. Maybe once a week?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.