Which? Computer magazine has done a study which has found a variety of bugs on computer equipment such as the keyboard. These include e coli. And in a way, this is hardly surprising. Our hands get everywhere, and it is just about impossible to keep them totally clean all of the time. So we will transfer all sorts from one surface to another. But should we be unduly worried by this? The simple fact is, people will have been transferring a variety of diseases from place to place for as long as we have existed. We haven’t been wiped out yet. Yes, common sense measures go without saying, but let’s not treat this as a truly horrendous scare story. To do so just doesn’t compute.
© Anthony North, May 2008
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