Smartphone has more bacteria than a toilet seat.
What's the one item that never leaves your side?
It goes into the bathroom with you. You use it in the kitchen. It often touches your face, your desk and, well, just about any other surface within arm's reach.
It's your smartphone, of course. And the tasks listed above are just some of the reasons it's a breeding ground for germs and a cesspool of bacteria.
Fecal matter can be found on 1 out of every 6 smartphones, according to a 2011 study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
"Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions," researchers observed in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal calling devices.
A study by the University of Arizona found the typical worker's desk, which tends to be your smartphone's home for about 40 hours a week, has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat.
Other studies have found serious pathogens on smartphones such as Streptococcus, MRSA – which is a type of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics – and even E. coli.
So, why exactly is your phone so nasty?
"We touch more surfaces than any generation in history, from ATM machines to self-checkout counters," said Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. "So, you're picking up germs all the time on your hands and fingers, putting them on your cellphone and bringing them close to your nose, mouth or eyes."
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, and our smartphones have basically become an extension of that.
"Mobile phones are now mobile germ devices," Gerba said. "You get a germ on your hand, and you use your phone. Then you go wash your hands later, but the germs are still on your phone."
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Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus aureus) is the most pathogenic species of the genus Staphylococcus. It is responsible for food poisoning, localized suppurative infections and, in some extreme cases, potentially fatal infections.
Escherichia coli: While most strains of E. coli are harmless, a few are extremely pathogenic. This is the case with so-called enterohemorrhagic strains of E. coli (ECEH). These strains are regularly the cause of food poisoning through the consumption of animal products that are undercooked or eaten raw. Fresh fruits and vegetables, having been in contact with these strains can also be at risk.