Saturday, August 05, 2006

Germy cell phones

Okay, I am not really a germ-o-phobe, but having a healthcare background, I feel it is my duty to pass on this article forwarded to me by my brother-in-law.

It seems that it is not that nasty public restroom we need to worry about, it's our cell phones.

With tens of thousands of microbes living on each square inch, they harbour more bacteria than a lavatory seat, the sole of a shoe or a door handle. Microbiologists say the combination of constant handling and the heat generated by the phones creates a prime breeding ground for all sorts of bugs that are normally found on our skin.

I can only imagine the germs on mine after my two-year-old has talked to Daddy while eating a gooey PBJ (followed by a nice warm ride in my gum-and-receipt-laden purse).

Of course, there is no substitute for washing your hands, but the study recommends wiping your phone down with sanitizing wipes.

I'm heading off to give mine a bath, right now.


Lori said...

Thanks for the info! My "soon to be teens" love to play the games on mine, and "soon to be teens" don't always have the cleanest hands around =)

Beck said...

Oh, thank goodness I'm not a germaphobe, because I think that might have pushed me over the edge if I was. Yuck.

Susanne said...

Okay my only comment is: "Please pass the lysol wipes!"

Anonymous said...

Yuk!!! I never even thought of that! Ofcourse I am wary of public 'pay' phones but our own cell phone is not something I thought of! Thanks for sharing!

Shawna said...

Thanks! I'll do the same!