If you weren’t already a “germaphobe,” chances are in the age of the coronavirus you are one now. We’ve ALL turned into “clean freaks” over the past couple of months.
And it’s not just the constant hand washing either. If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve started cleaning nearly everything that comes into your home. Heck, I know people who wipe down the mail.
But there’s one item around you that’s almost certainly carrying germs. It’s something we all touch every day. But most people rarely clean it.
There’s a good chance your cellphone is CRAWLING with microscopic baddies. And a new study finds those germs could include sickening staph, E. coli, and… according to researchers… potentially even the coronavirus.
But there’s an easy way to clean your phone. And a regular cleansing could help protect you from exposure to all kinds of common bugs, and perhaps even cut your risk of a tech-aided infection.
Your cellphone could carry sickening germs
Scientists from Australia’s Bond University say phones are a lot like Trojan horses. They’re secretly carrying viruses and other germs all over the place.
We’re always touching our cellphones and then our own faces. And that means we’re giving those same germs an easy entry into the body.
One researcher said that to a germ, our phones are essentially “five-star hotels with premium heated spas, free buffet for microbes to thrive on.”
According to the researcher…
- talking into them deposits droplets that can be full of viruses and bacteria
- eating while using them provides the microorganisms with nutrients
But it’s not all gross, bad news. The researchers ALSO said a daily cleaning could decontaminate your cellphone. And that could potentially help stop the spread of the germs behind many common infections.
They ALSO pointed out, that could even include the coronavirus everyone is so worried about right now.
We don’t know if that’s entirely true yet, as there’s no evidence the coronavirus IS hitching a ride on cellphones. Or that the virus could accumulate on the devices in levels high enough to make you sick.
It simply hasn’t been studied enough.
But we DO know for sure that other germs CAN live and thrive on cellphones. And that makes it at least possible… and certainly worrisome… that you could get some type of infection from your device.
So clean it. And do it DAILY.
Decontaminate your phone daily
Obviously, you can’t lather your cellphone up with soap and run it under the faucet. And at the other end of the spectrum, a dry cloth made for the screen might remove smudges… but it won’t remove or kill germs.
Apple says on its website that cleaning products such as Clorox wipes can disinfect their cellphones safely. Just be sure to use the wipe itself, never pour cleaning products onto your phone (and especially not onto the screen).
Both Apple and Samsung say you can clean their phones with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, as well. You can use a pre-moistened wipe or place a small amount of a cleaning solution with 70 percent alcohol onto a soft clean cloth and wipe the device with it.
Make sure to gently wipe over all the buttons on the sides, the back where you grasp the cellphone, and the areas of the screen you touch most often.
If you prefer a touchless cleaning method, UV light devices designed to disinfect phones are available too. UV light has been shown to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses on surfaces, but has NOT been tested on the coronavirus yet.
And don’t forget to keep washing those hands!