Most people don’t realize how many times in a day they come into contact with harmful germs and bacteria. Or how many of the commonly used items they touch through out the day are harboring infectious disease. Most of us are unaware of just how many times in a day we come into contact with potentially harmful (and even deadly) germs, viruses and bacteria in a normal day. If everyone was aware of the long list of every day items that are literal breeding grounds for infection perhaps we would be more likely to take basic infection prevention steps like washing hands and cleaning disinfected surfaces more often. As an article on Brevis.com states,
Here’s something else to think about: On average, an office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. It’s not surprising; the toilet is cleaned regularly. And remote controls, computer keyboards, phones, and iPods get touched way more than the toilet. Multiple coworkers and guest also share them—yet they are cleaned less often.
You probably don’t imagine yourself sitting in the public restroom and using it as your office at work every day, but the reality is even worse. In fact, your cellphone has at least a 16% chance of having fecal matter on the screen. This is probably making you feel slightly ill, but thankfully there are some very basic infection prevention steps you already know how to do that will dramatically cut back on the threat of spreading infectious disease. Simple things like thoroughly washing your hands by vigorously rubbing under soap and water for 15-20 seconds, or using disinfectant wipes to clean commonly touched surfaces like cellphones, doorknobs, computer keyboards, desk surfaces, and light switches will drastically reduce the spread of germs and infectious disease.
Do your part, help stop the spread of infectious disease by practicing these simple infection prevention techniques. Now go wash your cellphone screen!