Do you wash your hands after going to the bathroom? If not, think of the bacteria that may be residing on your cell phone. A study in the UK has found that 92% of cell phones in use have bacteria on them, including E.coli from fecal bacteria.
Twelve cities in the UK were the centre of a study run by researchers of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London. Samples (390 of them) were taken from hands and cell phones, which were then analysed for germs. People were also asked about their hand hygiene habits: did they wash their hands after going to the washroom?
The results of the study were as follows:
- Bacteria was found on 92% of the cell phones tested.
- Bacteria was found on 82% of the hands tested. Makes you doubt whether people washed their hands after going to the toilet, even though they said they had.
- The scary result is that 16% of hands and 16% of the mobile phones had E.coli bacteria on them – a bacteria found in feces.
The researchers highlighted the need to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after going to the bathroom. And to dry them well because wet hands spread bugs more easily than dry hands.
The first thought that went through my mind when I read about this report was: Dirty hands are not only touching mobile devices!
What is your first reaction on reading the results of this study?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013