We’re getting into the cooler months of the year, which means cold and flu bugs are starting to make their rounds in schools and the office. Washing your hands and staying home when you’re ill are two of the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, but did you know your phone could be a bigger culprit in the spread of germs? Learn more about the microorganisms on your phone and how to prevent spreading them this cold season.
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Your hands are covered with a lot of natural bacteria called microbes. When you touch your phone, these microbes — along with the natural oils from your hands — are transferred to your phone as well. The good news is that the microbes aren’t considered pathogens that are going to make you sick. However, if your phone starts to look a little greasy, it isn’t a bad idea to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
Streptococcus and Influenza
Though many microorganisms living on your phone are harmless, there are a lot of dangerous bacteria that can spread from the surface of your phone and make you or others sick. Streptococcus is the contagious bacteria that causes strep throat. Other dangerous microorganisms, like the influenza virus, can also be spread if you touch your phone while sick with either of these illnesses because they live on the surface of your phone for several days.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common antibiotic-resistant superbugs and highly contagious. Many people are carriers of this bacteria without ever getting an infection, but they can still pass it on to others. When you touch something that’s been contaminated with this bacteria and then touch your phone without washing your hands, you’ve contaminated another surface that you or someone else could get sick from.
Do you remember the days when you went to the bathroom and passed the time by reading the ingredients in the air freshener that sits on the back of the toilet? We should really be going back to that. Nowadays, people take their phone with them to the bathroom all the time for entertainment, but when they flush the toilet, bacteria like E. coli spreads everywhere and gets all over their phone. Even if you wash your hands, when you touch your contaminated phone afterward it’s like not having washed your hands at all. Prevent the spread of dysentery and leave your phone in another room.
What’s the point of having an excellent prepaid phone plan if your phone is always making you sick? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep your prepaid phone germ-free. The most common way to prevent contaminating your phone in the first place is to wash your hands regularly. If your phone is already contaminated, you can remove a lot of germs with a microfiber cloth. For a more aggressive approach, you can create a mixture of 60 percent water and 40 percent rubbing alcohol, dip a cloth in the solution, and gently wipe your phone. You should wipe the entirety of your phone as well as the phone case.
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