Your Smartphone Is Full of Germs
More germs than a toilet handle, in fact
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2010 1:09 PM CDT
Better not touch your mouth right after touching that...   (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

(Newser) – Your smartphone is dirtier than the toilet flush handle in a men’s restroom—18 times dirtier, to be exact. A new study shows that “personal touch-screen devices” are one of the best places to pick up germs, joining other fomites (frequently handled objects) that often spread illness, like handrails, computer keyboards, elevator buttons, and ATMs. If there’s a virus on the surface of such a device, one researcher tells the Sacramento Bee, about 30% of it will get on your fingers.

But don’t worry: No one wants you to touch their germy smartphone, anyway, but not because of germ worries: Says one nurse, who acknowledges carrying her phone all around her job, “I don't share my phone. I don't want anybody dropping it. The screen is so fragile.” Even one of the researchers is more worried about giving people access to his personal information than giving them the flu. If you’re really concerned, the market for sanitizing screen wipes and antimicrobial cases is apparently growing.

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Oct 16, 2010 6:18 PM CDT
My laptop has a bunch of semen on it.
Oct 16, 2010 3:56 PM CDT
There's E. coli on shopping carts, fecal matter on the lemon wedge in a glass of water, and when's the last time you saw someone clean a drinking fountain? We might as well drink out of the toilet. Filth in Food
Oct 15, 2010 2:31 PM CDT
If you go around trying to eradicate every single germ in your life, your immune system can become really underdeveloped and feeble, and you end up getting sick more than you would if you were exposed to a wider range of germs. Just wash up properly after you go the the bathroom and before you eat, and you'll be just fine.