Mobile phones could be spreading illnesses and potentially deadly diseases because of poor mobile phone hygiene, according to research undertaken in the United Kingdom.
A hand hygiene study revealed that 1 in 3 people use a mobile phone when going to the toilet and 1 in 20 use a laptop. Another third of people surveyed admitted to not using soap when washing their hands and a fifth of people don’t wash their hands at all after using the toilet.
Mobile phones have been shown to carry high levels of bacteria on their surface which comes from poor personal hygiene; they then act as a breeding ground for other bugs diseases.
The research calls for a campaign to encourage mobile phone hygiene combined with a hand-washing message. Cleaning and disinfecting phones is an effective method for reducing the risk of contamination and transmission of bacteria and diseases including epidemic viruses such as Covid19.