Here’s why you should avoid using office mugs to drink coffee at work
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
Carry your own coffee mug to office. Avoid sharing it with your co-workers and wash it every night