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Your Car’s Interior Might Be Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat, New Study Suggests

One thing that the global pandemic that is still ongoing has made people wary of is the kind of bacteria and germs that they might come across in their day to day life. We have started to become cognizant of the fact that some seemingly mundane areas can potentially have so much bacteria inside of them that you would be amazed and concerned all at the same time.

A recent study conducted by researcher from Aston University and ScrapCarComparison has revealed that the most germ ridden part of your life might be one that you don’t expect. One might think that a dirty toilet seat would be the most germ ridden object that you could ever touch, but it turns out that your car might have even more germs inside of it than that. These researchers conducted swab tests for six different areas of the car, and all of them tested positive for some truly nasty germs with E. Coli, a bacteria commonly found in feces, being one of them.

People usually focus on the exterior of their cars when they are cleaning, but this study suggests that cleaning the interior would be even more important if you think about it. After all, we often eat in our cars or leave edible groceries in them for extended periods of time, and this could potentially result in some truly serious food poisoning since our hands will touch the car interiors, transfer the bacteria to the food we are eating and then said that bacteria right into our stomachs where they can cause some fairly serious diseases.

The research discovered over 1,400 unique types of bacteria within the car, and that is something that many people are definitely going to be shocked by. It also shows the importance of always washing your hands before you eat a meal because you never know when something might be on your hands that would cause a viral or bacterial infection in your gut. People spend lots of time in cars so there will inevitably be a pretty severe buildup of bacteria and it is currently unknown how many illnesses this tends to cause.


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