Your Phone May Be Smart But Is It Clean?

If you don’t wash your hands after using the bathroom, chances are your phone is contaminated with germs that can spread serious illnesses such as E. coli.

A new British study found that one in six cellphones tested positive for fecal matter. Researchers asked volunteers about their hand-washing habits. Ninety-five percent said they wash their hands with soap and water. However, tests showed that 92 percent of phones were covered in bacteria. Sixteen percent of hands and cellphones tested positive for E. coli. The study was conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London.

To properly wash your hands, health officials recommend using soapy water and scrubbing for 20 seconds. Use a clean towel to dry them thoroughly. For more handwashing tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Source: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine news release

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