Virus office spread: Coffee pot, door knobs, other workplace hotspots.

The Most Virus-Packed Location in Every Office (Video)

The Most Virus-Packed Location in Every Office (Video)

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Sept. 12 2014 3:18 PM

Beware the Coffee Pot

Researchers introduced a virus to a workplace and watched it spread. (It was fast.)

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROBERT MACPHERSON A person holds a cup with a coffee drawing on April 7, 2011 in a cafe as it hosts a frog fight, a monthly throwdown for baristas in Paris. It's famous for its sun-kissed sidewalk cafes, but Paris has lagged well behind New York, London and Sydney as a Mecca for connoisseurs of fine coffee -- until now. Gourmet coffee bars and small-batch roasteries are popping up in the French capital, introducing locals to thick rich espressos, artful lattes and the idea that a cup of Joe can be savoured like fine wine. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)


If an ill person touches a doorknob at work, how long does the virus take to spread around the office? Within four hours, scientists found it in an alarming number of places.

Dallas Jensen is a regular video contributor to Slate.