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Your Cell Phone Is Dirtier Than A Public Toilet- Study

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Did you know that your cell phone has 18 times more harmful bacteria than the handle in a public restroom? Each square inch of your cell phone contains roughly 25,000 germs, making it one of the filthiest things you come in contact with on a daily basis.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,  at the University of London, looked at cell phones in 12 cities in the U.K.  They took 390 samples from cell phones and hands and then they checked to see just how dirty they all were. Out of the 390 cell phones analysed, 92% of phones had bad bacteria on it as did 82% of the hands tested.  16% of the phones had E. Coli bacteria on it.  (That comes from poop).  The researchers found that 94.5 percent of the phones were contaminated with some kind of bacteria, many of which were resistant to multiple antibiotics. By also testing the participants’ hands, the researchers were able to show that a significant number of germs were transferred from their hands to their phones, and vice versa. In fact, about 30 percent of the bacteria on the phones ended up on the owner’s hands.

The solution

The easiest way to keep our phones clean is by washing our hands and cell phones, regularly.  Take the phones out of their plastic or rubber covers, and clean them with hot water, with lots of soap or antibacterial wash, or better still, replace them.  And for the phones themselves, perhaps a wipe with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol or spirits. And most importantly resist the temptation to sit and text on the toilet.

 

 

 

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