Do you know where those fingers that are touching your favorite mobile gadget have been?
Well according to a new study by Timothy Julian, a Stanford University doctoral student, and some British researchers our fancy mobile devices we love to show-off could harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men’s washroom.
According to Julian’s study, published online in July by the Journal of Applied Microbiology, the risks of transmitting pathogens from glass surfaces to a person’s skin are relatively high.
“If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said. In turn, “a fair amount of it may go from your fingers to your eyes, mouth or nose,” the most likely routes of infection.
Of course, no one can be sure how many people have gotten sick from sharing touch-screen electronics. But the devices add to the growing list of so-called fomites – frequently handled objects – that can spread pathogens such as the flu virus.
Hmm, one might want to reconsider the idea of using a phone condom after all.