Can Your Cell Phone Give You The Flu?

More than 320 million cell phones are being used in America, and about 50 percent are smartphones used heavily throughout the day. But what if your work, entertainment and social hand-held hub could make you sick?

Sadly, there is not “an app for that”.

Nowadays, people use their phones everywhere they go, from the gym to the bathroom and even to bed. Throughout your day, you shake hands and touch doorknobs and car handles. And then you touch your phone and put it against your face, potentially exposing you to everything you may have picked up, says the Hawaii Reporter.

Viruses tend to “hang out” on inanimate objects, particularly in colder areas and times of year, as heat is detrimental to viruses. So especially if you live closer to the poles, you need to watch who you lend your phone to.

Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, told ABC News:

“Cellphones are 10 times as dirty as a toilet seat.”

Cellphone users are faced with a problem. Cleaning it safely requires liquids that are not effective at eliminating germs and bacteria, and anything stronger is not recommended by the manufacturer. People often don’t clean their phones very thoroughly as a result.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), viruses like influenza are spreading like wildfire, and one of the best ways to keep it under control is to clean your phone. At least two northern states have already declared a flu emergency due to shortages of the vaccine shot.

Dirty cell phone

Be safe rather than sorry and try to keep your phone clean and virus free.