We all have this weird habit of taking our phone into the bathroom. However, did you know that doing so exposes you and others to E. coli, salmonella, and other dangerous germs?
Dr. Lisa Ackerley, a hygienist, explains that cleaning your private parts after going to the bathroom and then immediately picking up the phone means bacteria transfers from your hands to your phone.
So washing your hands after doing this is pretty much pointless, because as soon as you touch your phone, which we know will happen soon, the bacteria will be back on your hands.
So what is correct?
The Director of Undergraduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, DMS at Queen Mary University of London, Dr. Ron Cutler, offers some simple but important advice. He says that if you want to prevent the transmission of fecal contamination and viruses, it’s best not to flush your phone down the toilet.
According to him, the level of contamination depends a lot on the location of the toilets. If it’s in a small office, there shouldn’t be a serious problem, but if it’s on a cruise ship or in a hospital where viruses can spread, the risk is much higher.
Although the most common way of transmitting viruses is by hand, it is not the only way. Dr. Ackerley explains that the spray can travel up to about 6 feet from the water flow, so keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. Also, make sure you don’t place your phone on a shelf or toilet paper holder near the toilet.
Germs can live on your phone for days! Phones are a nice, warm environment for bacteria because they get a little warm. Also, it will become a more bacteria-friendly area if you leave a sticky layer on your phone when you handle candy. That’s why you should always wash your hands with soap and water and leave your phone in your pocket or bag before going to the bathroom.