For many of us, our smartphones accompany us in almost every waking moment of our lives. Some of us even touch or use our phones up to 150 times a day. The problem is, we also touch other dirty surfaces, inevitably transferring bacteria back to our phones. Yuck!
With that said, can you imagine the amount of germs found on these digital devices?
One British study found that 1 in 6 cell phones have traces of fecal E.coli. If ingested, E.coli can cause diarrhea, extreme abdominal cramping and pain, nausea and vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.
So why do germs survive on our mobile devices? The light emitted from our cell phones give off enough heat for germs to fester and multiply.
Centra Care physicians advise that proper hand washing can help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Hand washing tips include:
- Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Just hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
- Use soap and lukewarm water.
- Scrub the back and front of hands as well as your fingers.
In addition, regularly cleaning all electronic surfaces can also help prevent the transfer of bacteria and germs to other surface.