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Gingersnap
07-28-2010, 01:12 PM
Mobile phones 'dirtier than toilet handles'

Mobile phones are covered with up to 18 times more living bacteria than the flush handle on a men's lavatory, research suggests.

Published: 7:30AM BST 28 Jul 2010

Mobile phones can carry more germs than a toilet handle, a study found Photo: PA
Swabs and analysis of 30 mobile handsets found that seven had high or warning levels of environmental bacteria, according to consumer group Which?

One contained such an intense concentration of bacteria, including faecal coliforms, that anyone using it could have faced a serious stomach upset.

Which? said the findings suggest millions of UK mobiles would exceed the recommended acceptable levels of bacteria.

While not immediately harmful, elevated levels of bacteria indicate poor hygiene and can act as a breeding ground for more serious germs.

Hygiene expert Jim Francis told Which?: "The levels of potentially harmful bacteria on one mobile were off the scale. That phone needs sterilising."

The tests showed how easily bacteria could linger on the surface of a phone, which could be passed on to other people if they held the handset to look at photos or other applications.

Which? advises that phones can be cleaned with an alcohol wipe.

Ick.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7913737/Mobile-phones-dirtier-than-toilet-handles.html)

PoliCon
07-28-2010, 01:16 PM
which is why I sanitize mine all the time - especially if someone else uses it.

FlaGator
07-28-2010, 01:25 PM
You guys are germ freaks :eek: :D :eek:

hampshirebrit
07-28-2010, 02:00 PM
You guys are germ freaks :eek: :D :eek:

Not really ... if you've ever seen what gets inside the average laptop (not just the keyboard, either), sanitizing a cellphone doesn't seem such a bad idea. People pick their noses and use their mobies at the same time, cough into them, all sorts.

Full hand biometric scanning failed to catch on, partly because it's an excellent way of spreading disease.

FlaGator
07-28-2010, 02:04 PM
Now I know why some of you communicate on the internet... fear of direct exposure to the germs of real people :eek:

Gingersnap
07-28-2010, 03:18 PM
Now I know why some of you communicate on the internet... fear of direct exposure to the germs of real people :eek:

Bleach takes care of the germs but there's not much you can do about the people. :cool:

FlaGator
07-28-2010, 03:36 PM
This is exactly why we have super germs and MRSA in the world... Just accept the inevitable disease and occassional bout of flesh eating virus like real humans do and you'll fit in with the rest of us nicely. Thanks to War of the Worlds I know all about your kind.

Articulate_Ape
07-28-2010, 03:59 PM
I carry a spare cell phone in my underwear in case anyone asks to borrow mine.

Gingersnap
07-28-2010, 05:39 PM
This is exactly why we have super germs and MRSA in the world... Just accept the inevitable disease and occassional bout of flesh eating virus like real humans do and you'll fit in with the rest of us nicely. Thanks to War of the Worlds I know all about your kind.

Doubtful.

Hawkgirl
07-28-2010, 05:41 PM
Now that I read this...I won't be asking to see anyone else's iPhone...

Well that, and I got my own delivered this morning...:D