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cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:24 pm
by greg~judy
with the premise that chilean phones differ little from pommie phones
we offer this as a public service announcement...
please wash your hands (and/or your phone)
:idea:
Nasty Bugs Lurking on Your Cell Phone
Study: E. coli Found on Cell Phones the Result of Poor Hand Washing


Oct. 14, 2011 -- The next time you reach for your cell phone, consider this: A new study found that 92% of cell phones in the U.K. have bacteria on them - including E. coli -- because people aren't washing their hands after going to the bathroom.

The E. coli came from fecal bacteria, which can survive on hands and surfaces for hours.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London looked at cell phones in 12 cities in the U.K.

They took 390 samples from cell phones and hands, which were then analyzed for germs. People were also asked about their hand hygiene.

Phone Filth and Other Facts

The study found:

92% of phones had bacteria on them.
82% of hands had bacteria on them.
16% of hands and 16% of phones had E. coli bacteria, which is found in feces.

However, 95% of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, which suggests we have a tendency to lie about our hygiene habits.

"We're pretty shocked to find the vast majority of mobile phones -- 92% -- had bacteria all over them. Often large numbers of bacteria,” said hygiene expert Val Curtis, PhD, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

"That isn't necessarily something that we should worry about, but what is worrying is that 16% of mobile phones had E. coli on them. E. coli comes from human [and animal] feces,” she says. "That means that people with dirty hands are not washing their hands after using the toilet, for example. Then they're handling their mobile phones.”

It’s not just cell phones that the dirty hands are touching, Curtis says.

"They're also touching other surfaces as well,” she says. “They're spreading fecal bugs on everything they touch really."

Toilet Texting?

Is there a more worrying way the phones are getting contaminated -- by people using them while they're in the bathroom?

"We didn't ask people whether they'd used their phones in the toilet. That might be something that would be interesting to study," Curtis says. "People do tend to use their mobile phones everywhere they go. Perhaps we should discourage their use in the toilet."

So is having unclean hands a modern-day problem linked to our new technology?

"Humans have had infections since before they were human. It's a really ancient problem," she says. "Bugs are evolutionary masters at getting from person to person.”

Anything that you touch can become a source of infection, Curtis says. So hand washing after using the toilet is crucial.

Excuses, Excuses

Curtis says people can be quick to excuse their nasty habits.

"They say that they're in a hurry, they say that the water's too cold. People don't actually feel that their hands have got contaminated.

"Everyone knows they should do it, so it's not education that's the answer. We need to find other ways to remind people that it's disgusting that their hands are dirty and their hands get smelly and foul after the toilet,” she says. "Disgusting people with the state of their hands is probably the most effective way of getting people to wash their hands."

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:55 pm
by gloriosopicante
:oops: :oops:

Re: cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:19 am
by oregon woodsmoke
When the toilet is flushed with the lid up, it sprays little droplets into the air. Cell phones could be getting contaminated just because they are sitting on the edge of the sink, in range of those droplets. (just like your toothbrush is getting sprayed with toilet water and urine)

Re: cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:13 pm
by terra nullius
Gloria wrote:... go straight to the toilet with some others ...
If I may ask, "with some others" whom?..

Re: cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:16 pm
by terra nullius
I do not phone from the toilet, nor do I text in the toilet.

Sometimes I wash my hands after the toilet, and some other times I don't.

These are my 4 selections on the poll.

Re: cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:19 pm
by greg~judy
Gloria wrote:This poll ought to go straight to the toilet with some others...what a waste of time and energy, I'm surprised Charles allows this type of crap! If you are bored....read a book to better your spanish.
dear gloria... lo sentimos mucho
the poll is optional, of course - the information is a public service
it may actually be of interest (and benefit) for "some others"
i.e. some others (not you), in chile, with phones, who use the toilet
a majority, we may presume?
(but who do not necessarily use their phone in the toilet)
hopefully only a perverse minority - of which, we hope, you are not one?

let us finish with a small mobile missive...
once upon a time during our thai~tenure...
we acquired a cheap 2nd-hand mobile phone
we were quite pleased, for it looked~functioned like new.
later on, when we showed our "new" toy to an old~hand...
he immediately said - oh, you have a "toilet phone"
it seems that when people who use squat toilet...
and when they drop their drawers and actually squat...
well, sometimes a phones in a pocket wishes to explore its outside environs
well actually, perhaps even take a swim in the squat!
after said swim, the owner immediately trades it in for a new model...
and the swimmer is then refurbished and sold as 2nd hand.
in the long run, we caught no diseases + the phone provided good service for years...
said service was with several different sim cards, in several countries...
until one day (in argentina) it just decided its functional capacity was over.
btw, it never swan again after the first time...
(one) "moral" of this tale... be very mindful of your mobile when you squat...
:|

Re: cell phone hygiene...!

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:29 pm
by terra nullius
Once, in some fairly remote temple in the mountains in China I witnessed a "purification" procedure, after the service, and people "purified" various personal items there, and many of these were.. cell phones.

And only God knows if those phones were "squat" phones or not.