You Will Never Use Mobile Phone in Bathroom After Reading This Study
If you’re one of those individuals who engage in reading social media posts or watching videos while using the restroom, it’s advisable to reconsider this habit. Engaging in such activities can inadvertently introduce unwanted hitchhikers onto your phone.
Bacteria present in restroom environments can easily transfer to both hands and cell phones. Here are the four most commonly identified bacteria on cell phones, as indicated by various studies:
- E. coli:
A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that 16 percent of tested cell phones harbored E. coli bacteria. Similarly, 16 percent of tested hands showed the presence of the same bacteria, suggesting inadequate hand hygiene after using the restroom.
- C. diff:
This bacteria, known to cause diarrhea and, in severe cases, inflammation of the colon, was detected on smartphones and tablets at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.
- Fecal matter:
Research from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences revealed the existence of fecal matter on phones, where it can survive for several days.
- Flu virus:
CBC Hamilton also detected the flu virus on numerous smartphones and tablets. While one may not fall ill directly from their own fecal matter or E. coli, there’s a risk of transferring these germs to others, potentially causing illness.
Bringing your cell phone into the bathroom exposes it to flushing spray from the toilet, which can extend up to six feet. Even if you diligently wash your hands and maintain personal hygiene, handling your phone before doing so may transfer germs to the device.
A tested solution is to wipe your phone with a clean, dry cloth to eliminate any germs or bacteria that may have accumulated on its surface.