Health care workers’ mobile devices could make patients sick.

Any self-respecting germaphobe knows that cellphones are filthy. They pick up microscopic crud from toilet stalls, gym benches, tray tables, and pretty much every other surface they—or we—touch. But doctors and nurses know better. They keep their phones as clean as Donald Trump’s official medical record, right?

Don’t let the scrubs fool you. Doctors check their Twitter feeds (or more likely, their Vanguard funds) in the john just like the rest of us. But unlike us, medical professionals’ devices also pick up microbes from the health care environment. In fact, studies show that their phones are even nastier than those of people who don’t work in health care.
Hypochondriacs, consider this your trigger warning.

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