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Protect Your Keyboard This Flu Season with the Germ Genie

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With the colder weather setting in and flu season approaching it's time to look at preventing the spread of germs that often take over a workplace. An often overlooked source of germs is your computer keyboard.

Recent studies show that the average office keyboard is five times dirtier than a toilet seat with a disturbing 3,295 microbes per square inch.

Most people rely on sprays or wipes to disinfect their keyboards but they can prove ineffective at completely eliminating all germs.

The worst culprits at contaminating people are computer keyboards with shared users. Keyboards in hospitals, doctor's offices, libraries, internet cafes, schools and call centers, to name just a few, are spreading germs to each different user.

A father and son team from a start-up company, Falcon Innovations in the United Kingdom, might have just the answer in their new Germ Genie. It is designed to eradicate 99 percent of all germs from a keyboard after each user and can sanitize up to 40 times a shift. A comforting prospect when you discover that the keyboard is often the first thing touched after people have touched their mouth or nose.

James and Duncan Louttit will have their device introduced at the Total Workplace Management Show on October 6-7 and the Hospital Infection Society Conference on October 11-13.

The Biodet Laboratory at the University of Hertfordshire recently put the Germ Genie through its paces to test its ability to completely eliminate the germs present on keyboards. The results confirmed that it was successful at killing 99 percent of all germs on the majority of the keyboard after two minutes and the entire keyboard in ten minutes.

The Germ Genie was able to kill germs responsible for E-coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Bacillus Subtillis as well as MRSA, the common cold and flu germs.

It sits elevated above a PC keyboard and does not infringe in the use of the keys or require the user to do anything once placed there.

The Germ Genie senses finger movements on a keyboard and once the keyboard has been inactive for one minute it automatically triggers an ultra violet light to sanitize the area.

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Everything I've read regarding research on germs in the workplace does have the office workstation as one of the primary locations for germs to grow, and the computer keyboard and mouse are prime breeding grounds. This product you have will provide excellent protection.

Another product to help in this endeavor would be the new Anti-GermPen(R) which will also kill 99.99% of germs, including MRSA and Salmonella.

This pen, coupled with the keyboard, will help arm office workers to fight-off the germs that float around every office in America every year.

You can find out more information about the new Anti-GermPen(R) at http://www.AntiGermPen.com

This site can also supply you with pens imprinted with your own logo to help you promote your business name.

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