Daily Archives: October 28, 2011

Nasty Bugs Lurking on Your Cell Phone

The office of health services post helpful health related information on the GCU Portal. In case you missed it, here it is on the blog : )

The next time you reach for the cell phone, consider this: A new study found that 92% of cell phones have bacteria on them…including E. coli, because people are not washing their hands after going to the bathroom.

The E. coli came from fecal material, which can survive on hands and surfaces for hours.

Phone Filth and Other Facts

The study found:
92% of phones had bacteria on them
82% of hands had bacteria on them
16% of hands and 16% of phones had E. coli bacteria on them

However, 95% of people surveyed said they washed their hands with soap where possible, which suggests we have a tendency to lie about our hygiene habits.

It is not just cell phones that dirty hands are touching, but other surfaces as well. They are spreading bacteria on everything they touch.

Bathroom Texting
People do tend to use their mobile phones everywhere they go. Perhaps we should discourage their use in the bathroom.

So are having unclean hands a modern day problem linked to new technology?
Humans have had infections since the beginning of time; it’s really an ancient problem. Bugs are evolutionary masters at getting from person to person.
Anything that you touch can become a source of infection, so hand washing is crucial.

Excuses, Excuses
People can be quick to excuse their nasty habits.
They say they are in a hurry, they say the water is too cold.
People don’t actually feel that their hands have gotten contaminated.
Everyone knows they should do it, so it’s not education that’s the answer. We need to find other ways to remind people that their hands are dirty and their hands get smelly and foul after using the bathroom. Disgusting people with the state of their hands is probably the most effective way of getting people to wash their hands.

Source: WebMd


Thank you Susan!