Are you one of many people who take their phone into the toilet? If the answer is YES, you should be aware of the fact that it is extremely dangerous habit. Namely, on this way you are exposing yourself to numerous germs including salmonella, E.Coli and C.
Dr. Lisa Ackerley, hygiene expert explains: “If you wipe your bum then pick up your phone, you may as well not bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will end up back on your hands”.
So what should you do in order to protect your health? Dr. Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary’s University London, explained: “Basically, you just shouldn’t (take your phone into the toilet) if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination”. According to him, levels of contamination vary widely and depend on the place where the toilet is. While small office is not quite big problem, hospital or a cruise ship where lots of viruses are circulating are different and much more dangerous.
All of you should be aware of the fact that viruses not transfer only by hands. Although that is the main way, it is not the only one.
Dr. Ackerley said: “Spray could travel around six feet from the flush”. That is the reason why you should never leave your toothbrush too close to the toilet and also you should not put your phone down on the toilet roll holder or any shelf that might be there. On that way, germs may survive up to few days on your phone! And that is really disgusting.
“Phones heat up a little bit giving bacteria a nice warm environment. If people handle sweets and leave a sticky coating on the phone, that’s an even better place for bacteria” said Dr. Ron Cutler.
So, remember that you should wash your hands well, using a soap and water after going to toilet. Also, keep in mind to leave the phone in your bag or pocket before visiting the toilet!