Friday, August 04, 2006

Cell Phones and Bugs

Germ bugs that is. I wish I had read this article before the radio trivia question this morning and I would have gotten the answer right. Anyway, the article is on the study of germs and how many live on your cell phone. Made me pull out the sanitizing wipes I use on my desk at work and wipe my phone down. Yuck.

The reports said that tens of thousands of bacteria live on each square inch of a phone, including Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause pimples or boils, and even pneumonia and meningitis.

Cell phone handsets are covered in more bacteria than shoes, door handles or toilets, according to a study reported on various sources around the Internet.

Some suggested cleaning phones with antibacterial wipes to stop the spread of germs.