After a research carried out by scientist from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London revealed that 92% of phones and 82% of hands had bacteria on them, Dr Ron Cutler, of Queen Mary, University of London, had this to say “Our analysis revealed some interesting results from around the UK. While some cities did much better than others, the fact that E. coli was present on phones and hands in every location shows this is a nationwide problem. People may claim they wash their hands regularly but the science shows otherwise.”
The hospital and health care centers have the worst cases as reported by the Microbiology Department, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. In the research carried out by Heba Sayed Selim and Amani Farouk Abaza. The result states thus “All of the tested mobile phones (100%) were contaminated with either single or mixed bacterial agents.”
Time to get rid of these dangerous organisms on mobile phones
While some persons are still not aware that their mobile phones are dirtier/contaminated than a toilet seat, some others have attempted to improve their phone hygiene but not with the best equipment or solution. Let’s take this walk together in exploring solutions.
- On the top of trending charts, are the UV (Ultraviolet) Phone sanitizers – The light from these sanitizers are expected to disintegrate the bacterial DNA thereby, killing them in about 30 seconds. Some of these devices are handheld and rechargeable while others are more like portable incubators. Examples are CleanSlate UV sanitizer, PhoneSoap 3 UV, Verilux CleanWave travel wand, etc.
- Another way is to use a diluted alcohol solution – A solution of water and alcohol that yields 70% isopropyl alcohol is effective for disinfecting a phone. Simply spray the solution on a mild or lint-free cloth just as needed for cleaning glasses, then wipe the phone. Nail-pointed cotton buds can be used to reach hidden corners. Harsh cloth can scratch the screen or leave them with furs while 90% to 100% alcohol can be harsh and abrasive to the screen.
- Pre-moistened wipes are handy for those that can’t go through the hassle of preparing solutions. These wipes are made with required wipe materials and singly-sealed as found in brands such as iCloth Small Lens Screen Cleaning Wipes.
Do you know that the Harmful E. coli (Escherichia coli) which could be found on mobile phones is associated with stomach upsets and has been implicated in serious cases of food poisoning such as the fatal O157 outbreak in Germany? Same hands on phone, face, mouth, fruits, door handles, books, hand-shakes… Oh! No!