Here’s why you should avoid us­ing of­fice mugs to drink cof­fee at work

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Time Out - ANI

Are you ha­bit­u­ated to drink­ing tea or cof­fee from mugs pro­vided by your of­fice? A sur­pris­ing new study might make you re­think your de­ci­sion. The study found that nearly 90% of cups are coated in dis­ease-caus­ing germs and 20% of ac­tu­ally carry faecal mat­ter. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, the com­mu­nal kitchen sponges are rarely changed and bac­te­ria from co-work­ers’ waste mat­ter is spread among the clean cups by these sponges. Co­l­iform bac­te­ria is present in fae­ces. E. coli is a type of germ that can cause and di­ar­rhoea, blood in poo, vom­it­ing, stom­ach cramps, and fever. “Us­ing these sponges can in­fect peo­ple with co­l­iform bac­te­ria and E. coli”, said Dr Charles Gerba from the Univer­sity of Ari­zona in Tuc­son, US. The pres­ence of in­san­i­tary con­di­tions in of­fice kitchen and cof­fee prepa­ra­tion ar­eas is of grave con­cern. In worst cases, a small num­ber of suf­fer­ers go on to de­velop a se­ri­ous con­di­tion called haemolytic uraemic syn­drome (HUS) that can some­times lead to kid­ney fail­ure. The study ad­vises work­ers to take their mug home each night and putting it through the dish­washer. Al­ter­na­tively, Dr Charles Gerba also sug­gests on im­prov­ing ‘small of­fice cup washer’ to im­prove hy­giene stan­dards. The re­search team iden­ti­fied var­i­ous bac­te­rial strains, which came from hu­man skin, nasal, oral and in­testi­nal cav­i­ties. Chairs and phones had the most bac­te­ria, while the desk­top, key­board and mouse were some­what cleaner. The re­search ap­pears in the jour­nal Dairy, Food and En­vi­ron­men­tal San­i­ta­tion.

AC­CORD­ING TO VAR­I­OUS STUD­IES, 90% OF COF­FEE MUGS IN OF­FICE ARE COATED WITH GERMS AND FAECAL MAT­TER

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

Carry your own cof­fee mug to of­fice. Avoid shar­ing it with your co-work­ers and wash it ev­ery night

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