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The Car Interior Microbiome: Gas Station As An Infection Control Hotspot


When we get into our cars there are several things that go through our minds from the expectant traffic jams, price of gas through to if the hills of Scandinavia actually smell like the spruce tree air-freshener hanging from the mirror. What we don’t normally think about is the possibility of acquiring infectious microbes along our drive. The risk of infections increases with presence of the microbe, opportunity and exposure time. With regards the latter, if statistics are correct, we spend an average of 90 minutes in our cars each day that equates to 6 months per lifetime.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, car interiors, infection control, gas stations

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