How would you feel about rubbing your face with 313 THOUSAND bacteria, multiple times a day?
Well, most of us with a smartphone do precisely that every time we make or receive a call.
It’s a well-known fact that cell phones are dirty objects, but just how unclean are they? Each square inch of your mobile phone contains roughly 25,000 germs, making it one of the most unhygienic things you come in contact with on a daily basis. That’s something to think about the next time you press your face to your phone.
If you ever wondered what items were actually cleaner than your mobile phone, take a peek at the video below from the folks at Mashable.
Menshealth, the men’s monthly health magazine, recently interviewed Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona who says this is not surprising. “Nobody ever cleans or disinfects their phone, so the germs and bacteria just keep building up,” he explains. What types of germs? E. coli, as well as influenza and MRSA, a germ that causes rashes and skin infections, Gerba adds.
As we use our phones frequently it remains warm, creating the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. “With the advent of touch-screen phones, the same part of the phone you touch with your fingertips is pressed right up against your face and mouth, upping your chances of infection,” Gerba adds.
A recent article explored some of those bacteria and summarised details from a study involving 200 phones as published in the “Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials.”
“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.
Much of the disease-causing bacteria they found are transferred from person to person through touch, which means that once this bacteria is on your hands, you only have to then touch your eyes or nose for the bacteria to find an easy route into your body. This is especially frightening when you consider how often your phone hangs out only millimeters away from your face.
So now you know about your phone’s dirty past, how do you give a good clean without damaging it?
Ah – now that’s for next time. Keep posted for the lowdown on phone cleaning.