For most of us, taking our mobile phones to the washroom is very much of a norm now.
Time seems to have stopped without the companionship of a mobile phone in the toilet and it looks like we are missing some of the major chatting scenes in life.
Turns out, using your phone in the bathroom is capable of spreading some serious illnesses, and the problem is only becoming worse as people use handheld devices more and more.
“Anything that you intend on taking out with you, into the environment, probably shouldn’t be accompanying you into the bathroom,” says germ expert Jason Tetro.
A professor of microbiology, Charles Gerba adds, “When you flush the toilet, water with faeces and urine sprays about six feet in every direction.”
“When you flush the toilet, water with faeces and urine sprays about six feet in every direction.”
Mr. Gerba adds that the amount of liquid and solid particles released into the air increase
with every flush and, public toilets are, hence, the worst to carry a phone with. He says that loo roll holder is likely to be coated with such particles, actually is a popular spot to put phones.
And while mobile phones have become more and more personal to us, they’re becoming more contaminated with bacteria as well. Taking phones to the loo increases the chances of the deposition of air pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella, C. difficile, norovirus in a larger amount which could then lead to either self-infection or transmission of an infection through touching somebody else.
So what does one need to do?
Nothing. Stop taking them to the toilet.
And if that’s not possible for you, experts suggest you clean your phones regularly just like you do to your hands. Alcohol-based wipes are a nice option and you should be doing the same to your keyboards as well.
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