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Your cellphone has 10 times more bacteria than your toilet seat

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Your cellphone has 10 times more bacteria than your toilet seat
What would you rather hold in your hand, your cellphone or your toilet seat? Before you answer, we'd like to tell you a story about a man in Uganda who contracted the deadly Ebola virus after stealing a mobile handset from a quarantined ward of a hospital, near the site of an Ebola breakout. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona says that while toilets get cleaned all the time, most people don't stop to clean their cell phone. Gerba also noted that cellphones pick up germs constantly and added, "I see people talk on their phone on toilets." Cellphones are said to carry ten times the amount of bacteria than the amount on an average toilet seat.

Anti-bacterial wipes made for cellphones can safely kill the germs

Anti-bacterial wipes made for cellphones can safely kill the germs

But the problem isn't the germs that get on mobile phones, but the sharing of the phones. The microbiologist said that without sharing, each unit would have only one set of germs which wouldn't get the owner sick. Toss in germs picked up from other users of the phone and you have a stew of bacteria. Being a phone, we put these devices up to our mouths and faces. Because they are electronic, we have a fear of cleaning them.

So how do we get rid of this threat? First, don't freely share your device with others. Also, the use of an anti-bacterial wipe could help clean up your handset and is gentle enough not to damage your phone.

So let's go back to our original question, what would you rather hold in your hand, your cellphone or your toilet seat?

source: Yahoo

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posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:11 3

1. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Does that we can leave our phones on toilet seats and still safely lend them to our friends to use afterward?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 02:16 4

19. matt1q2aw3 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


"Well...goodbye cellphone in the bathroom"

I prefer to keep my bathroom clean.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:18

2. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Seems like I read that article 5 years ago...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:24

3. McLaren (unregistered)


A door knob or a remote control is far more disgusting than a disgusting smartphone.
Jerky & yucky hooray:p

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:33 5

5. Aeires (unregistered)


Drinking fountains are the worst.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:37 3

13. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


False actually, don't you watch MythBusters?!?!?!?!?

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:24 12

4. alfiehp21 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


If only my toilet could have 4g!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:34 2

6. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


All I've learned from this article was that the man from Uganda should have stolen a toilet seat instead of a cell phone.

I'm not going to be obsessively wiping down my phone with anti-bacterial wipes just because I'm at risk of catching Ebola. I'm pretty sure there are other ways of me catching a virus rather than lending my cell phone to someone.

And who shares their mobile devices? It's supposed to be a personal portal of communication not your home landline.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:41

14. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


That was funny, lol

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:41

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Crazy scientist must clean his cell phone with bleach to kill germs that wipe cleaner is not going to germs.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:41

8. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Oh sh*t....I'm always playing games on the toilet.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:51

9. dcgore (Posts: 206; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


So if i have licked my cell phone, am i safer licking...?

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 13:58 2

10. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 172; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


What I learned from this article was that the professor at the University of Arizona is a weirdo.
"I see people talk on their phone on toilets"
That's super creepy o_0

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 14:22

11. troutsy (Posts: 262; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


I'm already excited for the follow-up article where they explain how bacteria can carry the Ebola virus!!!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 14:49

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Not new topic...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:42 1

15. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


WOW,Talk about what goes around comes around, dang just goes to show stealing doesn't pay.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 18:20

16. webOSlove (unregistered)


I use a microfiber cloth to clean mine

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 23:37

18. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


that just spreads the germs around evenly on your phone :D

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 20:31

22. webOSlove (unregistered)


Not really ... the fibers pick up the bacteria , germs , and smudges

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 18:22

17. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


People are horribly disgusting creatures.
I clean my phones regularly since my first one 9 years ago.
Why is common sense so uncommon?

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 08:11 3

20. troutsy (Posts: 262; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Common sense is, "The likelihood of bacteria on your own phone killing you is on the order in 1 in billions."

Good luck in your plastic bubble.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:34

21. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


But I get bored in the bathroom!!!

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