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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cell Phones Have More Germs Than Your Toilet -- Yuck!

More than 90 percent of adults in America own a mobile phone. People use cell phones every day, all day long. They are stored and placed in all kinds of places where they can pick up germs and bacteria, which is why they are dirtier than your toilet seat, or even the bottom of your shoes.

Microbiologist Chuck Gerba has found staph growing on half of all the phones he has tested. Here are some of the nasty germs and bacteria that can very well be growing on your cell phone.

Streptococcus viridians - This group of bacteria is responsible for skin and throat infections. You can get strep viridians from touching your mouth after coughing or talking on the phone.

Moraxella - This type of bacteria can cause infections of the respiratory system, middle ear, eye, central nervous system, and joints. Although not as common as strep, it is living on many cell phones, especially among people with sinus issues like sinusitis or post-nasal drip.

Bacillus - This bacteria comes from soil organisms, so if your cell phone has dirt on it, bacillus can infect your skin and get into the eyes.

There is also Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Micrococcus. All these forms of bacteria can be on your phone right now without you even knowing.

How to protect yourself

You can protect yourself by using screen protectors and changing them out. You can also check the warranty on your phone for safe cleaning products and methods. Also, keep your phone away from the bathroom and cooking areas where it can easily pick up bacteria. That goes for any public area that you know has extensive contact with many people.

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