Lara Alcantara, an artist who survived the COVID-19 pandemic was still working from her home. She even converted her kitchen into a home office and wrote a book while sitting at her kitchen counter.
Could there be bacteria in the workspace? To find out, Inside Edition swabbed commonly touched items, including her laptop, keyboard and kitchen counter.
Then, we sent the swabs off to IEH Laboratories located in Seattle, Washington.
The results were finally revealed five days later.
The whole home office was contaminated with germs. The keyboard and laptop had a bacteria count in excess of 140 million. The kitchen counter had a higher count at 150 million.
Experts believe that there is enough bacteria in the body to cause you illness.
Donald Schaffner, Rutgers University Professor and microbiologist says that many remote workers eat at the same tables.
“I think the home office can obviously be a focal point for microbial contamination. The levels that were detected give me some cause for concern,” Schaffner said.
This is a sign to tidy up your office!