There’s new evidence that handling paper flipped through by your unwashed colleague can also bring germs to you. Researchers in Germany had volunteers handle paper contaminated with four kinds of common bacteria, including E. coli and staph. The study found that the germs survived on the paper for at least 72 hours (3 days!) and could be cultivated from those same sheets a week later. This study shows that bacteria not only survive on paper, but can also be transferred from one person’s hand to paper and back to another person’s hands.
(via Houston Chronicle)