WASHINGTON — A typical elevator button could be thriving with harmful germs, viruses and bacteria, according to a press release.
According to researchers, though toilet seats are considered filthy because they are crawling with millions of disease-causing germs, the innocuous elevator button touched by many people every day harbors nearly 40 times more bacteria.
Researchers from the University of Arizona
carried out a study on behalf of Mircoban Europe
, which manufactures antibacterial protection products, the release noted.
The investigators found only eight "colony forming units" on every square centimeter of the public toilet seat; however, an alarming 313 units of bacteria were found on an equivalent surface area of the elevator button, the release stated.