Cell phones found to be 7 times filthier than a toilet/
There are articles out there about where are the highest concentrations of bacteria/germs/viruses on surfaces. Air planes - just put on your hazmat suit and respirator - fecal material, vomit, recirculated air . . . .
Hotels - the remote control, bring your own zip lock bag and use it through that.
The most recent I read was the cell phone. It goes to the bathroom with you, through your day as you touch various surfaces, and, without sanitizing, you touch your cell phone. And it is near your face so it is coming in contact with potential pathogens/bacteria.
70% or stronger ETOH
Be careful if your phone isn't waterproof.
Take off and clean separately the Otterbox or whatever protective casing it might be in
The recommendation is to clean it once or twice a day.
I'm with you Judith! We still have our wall phones and love them!
Only certain company cell phones might even work around here anyway!
Liz has one with data so she can use her square reader at craft shows and I have one for calling home while working out of state.
We both hate them and mine has been at the tips of my fingers while I contemplated how far I could throw it and would it hopefully crash and break! So far I haven't let go...so far!
As far as bacteria and viruses goes. The folks who have compromised immune systems are certainly in danger ... just like they are every flue season.
For the rest of us, its situation normal for flue season.
Just leave the news off and things will look better!
I figure my cellphone and computer keyboard are a part of my personal biome. It is good to remember how filthy they are. But I don't worry about it since I don't share them with strangers.
Public keyboards and touchscreens are something to watch out for.
I use a phone - constantly- at work. I also use my hands constantly. I use a bluetooth earbug that I can bump to answer or call, using the noncontact part of my hands like the back of the knuckle. Phone stays in its case all day. I wash my hands before contacting the phone and I clean it every day at this stage. Alcohol will kill anything with enough contact time, even your liver...
Standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants with dirt under their nails
In wilderness first aid we are taught how to save lives with a knife and a roll of duct tape. At that time, satellite phones were difficult to get and expensive, so we assumed we would be a week or less away from help.
The most important thing was, when bandaging a wound, to use the person's own clothing. Do not use your clothing. They are already well acquainted with their germs. Anything with lots of loss of blood, you duct tape the clothing to the person to make it stop bleeding.
I don't have a cellphone so I don't know cellphone etiquette. But personally, I can't stand the idea of touching another person's phone. That's like touching another person's used hankerchief. yuck.
If I had a phone, I would probably give it a wipe down each night. Probably more often during the cold and flu season. Like a handkerchief, one doesn't keep using it day after day without a good cleaning.