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Calling All Germs

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If you thought watching too much TV was?unhealthy for you, wait until you?hear about?cell phones.? Think about it. A cell phone?s proximity to your ears, nose and mouth is simultaneous.? The amount of?germs on?cell phones from?our fingers as we dial,?our breath?as we talk and our?pockets and?purses where we store them, is great.??We might as well be talking into a Petri dish.

Doctors say that bacteria from a phone can cause flu, pinkeye?and diarrhea.? While the common telephone and other personal appliances can also carry germs, the cell phone is unique because it is always with us; practically on a 24/7 basis. Cell phones have become extra appendages?some of us even sleep with them.

That greasy smear you often see on the touch screen is a breeding ground for bugs; and while there are products that are advertised as able to clean mobile-phones, they often fail to remove all the germs and can ?also damage the screen. A laboratory test of eight randomly selected mobile phones showed abnormally high numbers of coliforms (a bacteria caused by fecal contamination) between? 2,700 and 4,200 units of coliform bacteria.? In drinking water, the limit is less than 1 unit per 100 milliliters of water.

Of the four most common cleaning agents: water, alcohol, windex and electronic cleaning wipes, plain water proved to be the least effective. Alcohol performed best, cleaning nearly 100% of the bacteria, but alcohol may also damage some screens.

A Home Care Nursing professional can perform household chores to ensure that your home,?including home appliances,?mobile phones, etc.?are clean and sanitary.


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