You carry it everywhere you go – sometimes even the bathroom. You check it on average once every 12 minutes. It touches your hands, face and ears. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s teeming with germs. Yep, it’s your cellphone. It likely carries around 20,000 germs per square inch. Turns out most germs on your cellphone are not that dangerous. You can expose yourself to harmful germs when you pick them up on your hands and transfer them to your cellphone surface. Or you may expose yourself to a virus (COVID-19 or the flu) or bacteria when using someone else’s cellphone or sharing your own. Researchers have found cellphones can collect viruses and bacteria – influenza, pneumonia, streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureas, E.coli and even mold – that can cause respiratory infections and worsen health conditions including asthma and allergies.

 

 

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