Cell phones carry more bacteria than a toilet seat

Published: Jan. 17, 2018 at 10:30 PM CST
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Would you put the side of your face up to a toilet? We do that with our cell phones everyday, and the phones are worse.

Recent studies show that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.

And with the flu season in full swing, it's just one more thing to be aware of to stay healthy.

"Because people are using their phones without washing their hands, or transferring, sharing phones," said John Anguiano, store manager at U.S. Cellular. "Shared devices. You can just use a microfiber cloth to help polish it up. Clean it up."

"If it's only you using it, and just you using it, more than likely you won't contract anything that you don't already have," said Gary Garske, Portage County health officer. "Try not to share your cell phone, especially with your children this time of year."

Garske says the flu season has hit us harder, earlier than usual. He's uncertain if that means the flu season will end sooner, or if it will just be longer than usual.

Here are a few tips to help keep your cell phone germ-free:

-- Say 'no' to bathroom texting.

-- Stock up on microfiber cloths so you can wipe it down when you need to.

-- Disinfect your phone with alcohol and water. Apple does warn against using anything other than a microfiber cloth, so use this tip at your own discretion.

-- Consider what kind of case you use. To add an extra layer of bacteria protection, use an anti-microbial cover.

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