Office workers concerned about catching nasty diseases from sharing keyboards and mice may want to consider equipment that can be sterilised in a dishwasher.
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The Keyboard Company has developed a keyboard and mouse that look, feel and work exactly the same as any others, but they protect their users against nasty bugs, including those that cause colds, flu and gastroenteritis.
The Silver Shield keyboard and mouse are embedded with silver nitrate, which is said to contain anti-bacterial properties.
The company says research shows that bugs can live on surfaces for several days and that computer keyboards and mice harbour 10 million of them, which is 400 times more than found on a toilet seat.
This is largely due to people coughing, sneezing, eating and dropping food, and poor hand hygiene. The rise of hot-desking is causing the threat to spread, says the Keyboard Company.
The Silver Shield products are completely immersible for cleaning in diluted bleach for disinfection, or they can be put in an office dishwasher.
They cost £35 each.