Stay Healthy, Clean your Phone!

April 1, 2020
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Our hands are on our phones non-stop. But phones are probably dirtier than you think.

The average person checks their mobile phone once ever 12 minutes, or up to 80 times per day. This means our hands are on our devices non-stop. Our phones likely accompany us on every errand and activity – perhaps even when we visit the toilet.

Read on to find out more!

According to this study from the University of Arizona, mobile phones are 10 times dirtier than the average toilet seat.

Phones carry roughly 25,000 germs per square inch. Compare that to the following:

  • The kitchen counter: 1,736 bacteria/inch2
  • Your dog’s food: 2,110 bacteria/inch2
  • Door knobs: 8,643 bacteria/inch2

7,000 types of bacteria have been found on smartphones. Some are dangerous, such as E. Coli and the flu virus.

The flu virus can survive on the surface of your phone for as long as 24 hours. That means your phone can actually get you sick.

90% of Australians go to work with flu symptoms.

Even if you’re not there when the person coughs or sneezes, you can still get infected. What’s more, you can carry the germs around and spread them along to the people around you. You can end up spreading the disease to your co-workers and your family members.

The video below features Dr. Alan Hampson, an influenza specialist. In the video, he explains how easily germs spread in an office environment.

The good news is that you can actually protect yourself, your co-workers and your family. Here are some ways to keep your phone clean and stay healthy:

Rule #1: Don’t bring your phone to the toilet

Rule #2: Don’t bring your phone to the gym

Rule #3: Don’t use your phone while eating, especially if you use your phone in the toilet

Rule #4: Clean your phone at least once a week

So there you have it. Now that you know how dirty mobile phones can be, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the invisible dangers that they can harbour.

At Whistle Clean Australia, we care about your health. So stay tuned for more health-related newsletters in the upcoming months!

Photo credits: freepik.com


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