Your cell phone has 18x more bacteria than a public toilet handle!
Ok, I’ll admit the title of this article could be a little misleading, but anytime you access a social site, make a telephone call or do any activity that requires you to utilize your touch screen, you could be exposing yourself to a whole plethora of nastiness! Not only do you have to protect yourself from viruses targeted at your mobile device or operating systems, but it appears the real world critters pose a threat as well.
Timothy Julian, a Stanford doctoral student, co-authored a study on the spread of bacteria and viruses. Julian told reporters of the Sacramento Bee that any device containing a touch screen could have 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men’s restroom. He goes on to state that if you use another person’s cell phone, you can receive 30% of a virus transferred to your fingertips from the touch screen.
With flu season just around the corner, arm yourself with sanitation wipes, germ killers and any other anti-microbial product of choice. Based on this news it is probably a good idea to wipe down your phone, pda or mobile device once a day, and think twice before asking to borrow someone’s phone to make that call!