So, there's some bad news in regards to your much beloved device. As much as we wish it wasn't true, phones are a prime location for germs and bacteria to thrive and it's almost impossible to avoid contaminating our phones with this bacteria, especially when we are glued to them.
Did you know that people are checking their phones approximately once every 12 minutes? This means we are checking them around 80 times a day, possibly more! Most of us definitely take our phones to the toilet with us as well, maybe without even realising! Well, sorry to ruin your day, or toilet trip but a study found that roughly 7,000 types of bacteria were found on 51 smartphone samples. Oh my... Now, whilst this number is alarming, the bacteria on our phones isn't actually bad, but are actually naturally occurring and good-for-us bacteria. The study also found that 22% of bacterial families overlapped on fingers and phones. Listed below are some of the diseases and illness that can spread via the use of our phones, it's quite alarming! Clostridium difficile
This one is to blame for your diarrhoea troubles. Sorry. Influenza
This virus can stay on surfaces for up to 24 hours. So keep cleaning your phone and avoid touching your face so much!
Ever heard of strep throat? It's a very common illness found in children. The bacteria can cause scarlet fever, impetigo, toxic shock syndrome, or necrotising fasciitis (a flesh-eating disease). E. coli
A study scarily discovered that 16% of phones were found to have E. coli present. This bacteria causes food poisoning, diarrhoea, and sometimes a more serious illness, it's definitely worth giving your phone a clean, especially after frequent use!