Most people don’t think about how many germs their phones pick up during the day while they carry it around with them. Not only does your cell phone come in direct contact with dirty surfaces but the average American checks their cell phone close to 50 times a day. This gives plenty of opportunities for microorganisms to move from your hands and fingers to your cell phone.
Scientists at the University of Arizona found that your cell phone can carry around 10 times the bacteria of an average toilet seat. Pretty gross, huh? Another study done by Emily Martin, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that there around 17,000 bacterial gene copies of microorganisms on the average high school students cell phone.
Human skin is actually covered with microbes that tend to be nonpathogenic and these microbes are transmitted by the oil of your skin on the surface of your cell phone.
Some microbes may be pathogenic though and get you sick… The world is obviously not sterile and there are plenty of opportunities for pathogens to either come in direct contact with your phone or be transmitted by your fingers to your phone.
One of the worst places to use your phone is the bathroom as fecal matter and other germs may be airborne and land on your phone simply while you’re sitting there doing your business.
If you want to take matters into your own hands and combat this, you have some pretty simple steps you can take to help with this concern.
- Refrain from using your phone in the bathroom
- Wash your hands more often
- Take an alcohol wipe, ring it out so that it’s not too saturated, and wipe your phone off. Using a wipe that is too saturated with alcohol may damage your phone.
Implement these tactics to help you stay healthy and free from sickness this winter!