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Did you know dirty phones can make you sick? Consider the all too familiar case of Patricia, a 21-year-old college student in Austin, Texas, who for several years since high school had suffered from the occasional breaking out on one side of her face. She thought it was acne. It wasn’t.
Through her high school years and in college, Patricia thought she was having mild cases of acne. She attributed her timing of her breakouts to the normal growth experiences and effects of adolescents. Though her time frame was right, her conclusion wasn’t. After visiting the doctor on account of a particularly bad breakout, Molly learned that the breakouts on the side of her face weren’t on account of acne, but rather a very dirty phone, the usage of which started on her 14th birthday. She also learned that this was not an uncommon condition.
Why do germs and bacteria get on our phones? Because most of the time, our hands are actually quite dirty. Mind you, it is not so much that our hands are covered in dirt and debris that are visible to the eye, but rather they are covered in germs and bacteria and small things that you can’t see. Most of the time, our hands are a living petri dish. Each time we use our phone, it is possible to transfer germs and bacteria to it.
Scientific studies have revealed that phones have 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. One particular study at the University of Arizona found over 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phone of a high school student. Common types of bacteria found on phones include:
Cleaning your phone is actually very easy to do and takes very little time. Here are a few tips to keep your phone clean and to greatly reduce if not eliminate the risks of getting sick from your phone:
Who doesn’t have a phone? Phones have increasingly become an indispensable device for how we communicate with others, obtain information, and live our lives. Sure, we all know the last time we used our phone, but how many of us know the last time we cleaned our phone? Simply put, dirty phones can make you sick. Make it a habit to regularly clean your phone, safeguard when you use your phone, and be mindful of where you place your phone. Keeping your phone free of germs and bacteria might very well help you avoid catching a cold, the flu, or having a breakout on your face.