Do you know cell phones harbour germs?

In today’s world of information technology, cell phones have become indispensable. The world has suddenly become fast paced. Thanks to our cell phones, we can keep up with a fast-changing world. The advent of the cell phone technology has brought a lot of comfort and ease to our lives. Actually, it has made our global village a global hut.

However, in the recent years, the safety of cell phones has been called to question. Are cell phones really safe for human use? Truth be told, we have come to the point where we cannot do without them. Therefore, calling for the technology to be scrapped might just be similar to wishing for a pie in the sky. Much of the health risk attached to the use of cell phones have been radiation based and that is true. It is a fact that cell phones give out electromagnetic radiation as long as they are on. These radiations are harmful to the body and are responsible for numerous side effects which include blurred vision, headaches, fatigue, leukaemia, birth defects etc. But then little or nothing has been said about the loads of bacteria cell phones shelter.


Cell phones have come to become a resting place for all of the germs we come in contact with daily. Don’t be surprised as this is not far-fetched.

We frequently touch things around us that are, of course, germ infested and then we go ahead to touch our phones. A recent study found out that one in six cell phones will probably contain traces of faecal matter. Why? Because many people chat on social networks even on the toilet seat! Understand that bacteria are a part of our daily lives. We need them as much as they need us. However, not all bacteria are friendly. Our phones have been found to contain both harmless and disease-causing bacteria. It is the disease-causing bacteria that we should be wary of.

Before you start freaking out, there are certain things you can do to keep your phone clean and also stay healthy:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Avoid taking your phone with you to the toilet
  • Occasionally clean your phone with a damp cloth that has been touched with antibacterial soap
  • Avoid cooking and handling your phone simultaneously. If you must, wash your hands before handling food and cooking utensils afterwards.

Disease-causing bacteria are everywhere. The highest form of hygiene must be practiced to protect ourselves and those around us from falling ill. We can limit our contact with these harmful organisms by keeping our cell phones clean.

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