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In hospitals, schools, offices and even at home, the computer keyboard may harbor as many as 3000 microbes per square inch – providing the perfect launch pad for hitchhiking pathogens to begin an infectious journey from keyboard to fingertip, to patients, school children, office workers or web surfers at home. With multi-use computers the bad news (and disease-causing bacteria and viruses) travels fast. Estimates show hundreds of people can be infected by a single source. In hospitals the stakes may be even higher since the bacteria and viruses are generally more virulent and nearby patients less resistant to attack.
In hospitals, schools, offices and even at home, the computer keyboard may harbor as many as 3000 microbes per square inch – providing the perfect launch pad for hitchhiking pathogens to begin an infectious journey from keyboard to fingertip, to patients, school children, office workers or web surfers at home. With multi-use computers the bad news (and disease-causing bacteria and viruses) travels fast. Estimates show hundreds of people can be infected by a single source. In hospitals the stakes may be even higher since the bacteria and viruses are generally more virulent and nearby patients less resistant to attack.
In hospitals, schools, offices and even at home, the computer keyboard may harbor as many as 3000 microbes per square inch – providing the perfect launch pad for hitchhiking pathogens to begin an infectious journey from keyboard to fingertip, to patients, school children, office workers or web surfers at home. With multi-use computers the bad news (and disease-causing bacteria and viruses) travels fast. Estimates show hundreds of people can be infected by a single source. In hospitals the stakes may be even higher since the bacteria and viruses are generally more virulent and nearby patients less resistant to attack.
In hospitals, schools, offices and even at home, the computer keyboard may harbor as many as 3000 microbes per square inch – providing the perfect launch pad for hitchhiking pathogens to begin an infectious journey from keyboard to fingertip, to patients, school children, office workers or web surfers at home. With multi-use computers the bad news (and disease-causing bacteria and viruses) travels fast. Estimates show hundreds of people can be infected by a single source. In hospitals the stakes may be even higher since the bacteria and viruses are generally more virulent and nearby patients less resistant to attack.

Meet the people at VirWall Systems, Inc.

Jon Roberts, PhD, JD

Chairman, Board of Directors;
VP Research & Development

Jon Roberts, PhD, JD

Dr. Jon Roberts is an inventor, patent attorney, engineer, former research director for the US Government, pilot, and entrepreneur. As founder of VirWall Systems Inc., Dr. Roberts is poised iq option withdrawal in pakistan to introduce the VirWall Keyboard Sanitizer, a new device that aims to win the war on unnoticed but nonetheless sickening germs that reside on the typical computer keyboard. Recent studies have revealed that the bacteria and viruses found on shared keyboards can trigger an astonishing range of illnesses, cause thousands of lost days from work and school and cost millions of dollars each year in medical care.

 

Donald S. Hetzel, PhD

CEO and President
 

Donald S. Hetzel, PhD

Dr. Donald Hetzel’s career path is replete with success after success – as head of research and development for international pharmaceutical and medical device corporations, as director of licensing operations to identify and acquire promising new technologies and as CEO of several startups in the US and abroad. Over the years his work in scientific research and development has resulted in significant advances in medical products including orthopedic implants, diagnostic kits for infectious diseases, pregnancy tests, technology for amplifying DNA for more accurate analysis, the development of an “electronic nose” to help…

   

Physicians speak out about the VirWall Keyboard Sanitizer

“As a doctor and Board Certified Pediatrician with privileges at The Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, I deal with sick kids all the time. Lately we are treating many children with swine flu. As a result, we are constantly vigilant concerning the spreading of germs in ours and other offices and hospitals with which I am affiliated.

Joseph Berk, M.D.

“I have long been aware of the danger posed by germs being spread from computer keyboards. To date sprays have been only marginally effective and we never wash our keyboards. The Keyboard Sanitizer that I have seen from VirWall is thus far the only mechanism that I have seen that does a consistent and thorough job in sanitizing a keyboard and killing virtually all of the germs and viruses (even influenza virus) that might exist. It is all more convenient since it works at the desktop without having to remove a keyboard for washing or other treatment.

“I also understand that the projected cost of around $249 will make it an highly cost effective approach to stopping the spread of germs from computer keyboards of all types.”

Joseph Berk, M.D.

Product Fact Sheet

VirWall Keyboard Sanitizer

VirWall Keyboard Sanitizer KBS-1

Purpose of Product

To sanitize computer keyboards as a measure of preventing the spread of potentially pathogenic organisms

Reason for Development

Dr. John Roberts, inventor of the Keyboard Sanitizer, had never been as sick, as frequently, or for such long durations as when his son attended elementary school, a school with computer classrooms. In reading scientific journals to better understand how bacteria and viruses are transmitted, he learned that certain inanimate objects…

Principle of Action

Ultraviolet (UV) light causes molecular rearrangement of a microorganism’s DNA which prevents it from reproducing and therefore renders it microbiologically dead. The effectiveness of UV energy on microbial destruction is dependent upon intensity and time…

Keyboard Contamination Facts...

Bacteria and Viruses: Perpetual Contaminants

Every year, 10%-20% of Americans become ill with the flu (influenza). (Source: Focus On The Flu: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: NIAID).

Expressed another way, approximately 25% of the population has flu-associated illness annually, leading to an average of 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year.

“According to health care experts, infectious diseases caused by microbes are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other single cause. They estimate the annual cost of medical care for treating infectious diseases in the United States alone is about $120 billion.” (Source: Microbes in Sickness and in Health - Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)

UV Advance Stops Pathogens...

Targets Bacteria and Viruses on Computer Keyboards

If you’ve ever wondered how the flu, pink eye, a cold, salmonella, or even MRSA can spread so fast…the answer may be right at your fingertips.

Although most of us might suspect bathroom faucets, a sneeze or a warm salad bar at the end of the lunch-hour crush to harbor a wide and frightening spectrum of bacteria and viruses, experts warn that one of the most hazardous sites where disease-causing contaminants may thrive…is as close as your fingertips – on your own computer keyboard.

The scope of the problem expands exponentially when you consider shared-use computers – like those in elementary school computer labs, in multi-user office settings, at retail checkout terminals, in college computer kiosks, libraries and especially in hospitals or physician offices…

Keyboard Germs: Ready to Travel...

Computer Keyboards as Vectors of Disease – A Problem More Serious than Previously Thought

It seems reasonable to think that the greater the number of people who touch a common surface, the greater the likelihood that germs will be transferred from people to the surface and from the surface to other people. One would think that restrooms, especially toilet seats and doorknobs, harbor the most germs, but this turns out not to be true. ATM keyboards were found to have more germs than a public restroom door, according to one researcher.

Computer keyboards, according to one microbiologist in London, are often a reflection of what’s in a person’s nose and gut. Fingered, breathed on, sneezed on, coughed on, talked over, eaten over, and spilt upon, keyboards are really dirty. It’s no wonder that computer keyboards are among the top four…

Gallery of Keyboard Contaminants

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