If you're one of those people who read something on Facebook or watch a video while in the toilet, you should stop. By doing this, you bring hitchhikers out with you on your phone.
Bacteria from the restroom are transmitted to both cell phones and hands, and below are the four most commonly found bacteria on cell phones:
1. E. coli :
- A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine discovered that 16 percent of cell phones tested had E. coli bacteria on them. The same bacteria were found on 16 percent of the hands tested, indicating that individuals had not washed their hands well after using the bathroom.
2. C. diff :
- C. diff is a bacteria that causes diarrhea and, in the worst cases, inflammation of the colon. It was found on smartphones and tablets at St. Joseph's Healthcare.
3. Fecal matter
- A study performed by Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences discovered the presence of fecal matter on phones, where it can survive for days.
4. Flu virus
- CBC Hamilton also discovered the flu virus on a number of smartphones and tablets. While you can't get sick off your own fecal matter or E. coli, you can transfer it to others, making them sick.
- Bringing your cell phone into the bathroom exposes it to the flushing spray from the toilet, which can reach up to six feet. Even if you wash your hands and wipe your bottom, the fact that you handle your phone before washing your hands will transfer germs to the phone.
- Wipe your phone with a clean, dry cloth to remove any germs or bacteria that may have landed on it.
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