Poop on my phone


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One in six cellphones in Britain may be contaminated with fecal matter that can spread E.coli. This is most likely because people don't properly wash their hands after using the toilet a new study finds. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine went to 12 cities and collected 390 samples from cellphones and hands of volunteers and were asked about their hand washing habits.



95% of the participants told the researchers that they washed their hands with soap and water wherever possible. But the lab tests revealed 92% of phones and 82% of hands had bacteria on them. The researchers also found 16% of hands and 16% of cellphones had E.Coli bacteria on them.

With this being said, yesterday was GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY. Remember, washing hands prevents a number of illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses.

Here's a fun video to remember why it's important to wash your hands. It's gross to think that I'm constantly on my phone and it's pressed on my face, and there's a chance there could be E.coli on it!!
 






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That Is so nasty I cannot believe that is true. I will never borrow a strangers phone ever again. If forced I will scrub with steal wool shortly after. What is wrong with people? don't they know that is bad health wise in addition to being nasty? I would be interested to see a comparison between an American city or state and the Brits. how about NYC or Texas?

I agree with Forrest, this finding is gross. I already hate when I don't see people wash their hands but I never even considered their phones being that disgusting too. Maybe it's not just they don't wash their hands, but it could also be because people use their phones while in the bathroom. This website reported that 42% of people say they make calls or texts while going to the bathroom.

I must say, the title of this blog post really caught my attention! While the study performed did reveal disgusting results, don't forget about confounding variables. While a lot of public restrooms are making everything automatic, including the faucet, soap, and hand dryers, everyone still grabs the door handle which is filled with bacteria. According to this website, people are less likely to wash their hands after using their own bathroom at home. Just because it is your bathroom does not mean there is no bacteria!

I find this total believable a lot of people do not wash their hands after using the toilet,or at least not properly. The worst things is that they don't only not touch their phones but door handles. MSN TODAY has a list of the 12 most germination places.If you can get e coli from cellphones think of what you can get from these places. \(http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21423163/ns/today-today_health/t/soap-germiest-places-your-life/)

I think this is very important and by this people should me more aware of cleaning their hands, but also they should pay attention in where they live their cellphones, cause cellphones can also take the bacterias from the places they are being put.
I also did some research and i think more than being aware of cellphones we should be aware when touching keyboards from computers, especially the ones found in computer labs. Here is an article that shows that a high number of bacterias is found in keyboards and they can cause illness http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20060426/clean-that-computer-keyboard

Personally, I found the results of this study quite disgusting! Many times people do not are forgetful and do not wash their hands and/ or do not realize the importance of washing their hands. According to this article ""Mobile phones harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men's restroom." I believe that it is important that we educate people and continue to remind them about the importance of this crucial, but simple, hygiene practice.

THis is a great and actually pretty disturbing article! Our phones must be so dirty because we take them everywhere (i've seen people take them into the bathroom!) and we are constantly touching them with dirty hands and after contaminating them with our dirty hands, putting them near our mouths. YUCK! I saw someone posted a link about how our cell phones are dirtier than toilets. I found another article that talks about that as well. Germs multiply in warm places and with our phones in our warm dirty hands all the time, they are just a germ bath. STudies have found the staph bug on many cell phones, a bug that is responsible for skin infections like meningitis. So we all need to constantly wash our phones with anti bacteria wipes often, something I assume many people don't think about!

EWW! This makes a lot of sense but is disgusting to think about. Also, one quarrel is that in the dorm bathrooms and bathrooms around campus there is that foam soap. Is that enough soap--and how potent is it in killing the bacteria on my hands? Are there better kinds of soaps?

According to this study done by abc, about hand sanitizers vs hand washing they concluded that the key with the hand sanitizers tested (one with alcohol as the active ingredient, versus another that was alcohol-free) is to use at least a half a teaspoon or enough that it takes 15 to 20 seconds before it's dry. A few days later they checked the samples incubated and looked for white dots where E. coli colonies had grown on the incubation plates. The fewer the better. The first thing noticed was that alcohol-based hand sanitizer worked the best.

Wow! I never about how dirty our phones actually are. It does make a lot of sense though considering most people seem to be on their phones 24/7. This also probably why so many kids get sick during this time of the year. Since our phones are so dirty and carry many germs and we are constantly are putting them up to our face, it shouldn't be a big surprise to find out that this could be causing many of the illnesses experienced here at PSU. Here's a website that I found that compared cellphones to a toilet seat! GROSS!

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2007/01/cell_phones_fil/

That's crazy! I would never have thought that it could be that widespread. Maybe sometime in the future, technology could prevent simple electronics like phones to attract bacteria like so.

Yea this is nasty! I never thought about this although I do wash my hands this is just to nasty to be real. People should learn from this and wash up more than they do. Even thought the study says that many of the people did was their hands it shows that no matter what it's possible it could be on your phone. Just think all the people who don't wash their hands could be walking around with nasty phones. Also say you let your friend borrow your phone and they are not to caught up with the whole hand washing idea. People should wash up more and make sure that they are not spreading bacteria to others or getting it themselves.

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