Brandy Bell-Truskey, AT&T’s Senior Public Relations Consultant has contacted Nokia Innovation with the following advice for our readers who wish to stay healthy. Our mobile devices don’t go in the laundry (if we can help it!) and it is unlikely they get wiped down with sanitizing wipes all that often. So being aware that our mobile phones are basically technologically-advanced Petri dishes, could actually help us to not become sick from them.
Here is Brandy’s message:
More than 11,000 cases of the flu have been confirmed in Pennsylvania
so far during this year’s flu season. The Pennsylvania Department of
has a number of helpful tips on its website to help prevent the
flu…but there is one that is missing.
You shake hands, touch doorknobs and staircase railings – and then you
touch your phone and put it to your mouth. In a study published in
the Annals of Clinical Microbiology, researchers in Turkey screened
the cell phones of 200 health workers in hospitals for germs that are
known to be dangerous to human health. The researchers found that
nearly 19 of every 20 phones were contaminated with some kind of
bacteria, including some “superbugs” resistant to one or more
commonly used antibiotics. While most of the time, you’re in no danger
of getting sick – there are some extra steps you can take to prevent
getting sick from your cell phone.
AT&T’s Top 5 Tips: How to Avoid Getting Sick from Your Cell
Cell phone users can follow a few simple rules when it comes to your cellphones:
1. Keep your germs to yourself. Don’t share your cell phone
unless it’s an emergency. This rule is especially important for teens
who tend to pass phones around or parents who let their toddlers play
with their phones.
1. Wash your hands frequently and don’t rush. Sing the entire
alphabet while lathering and rinsing.
2. Follow your phone manufacturer’s instructions and clean your
cell frequently. Example:
3. Try using a hands-free headset, minimizing your keypad-to-face exposure
4. Don’t – please don’t – use your phone in a restroom. Some
things can wait!
I love point number 4! How many of us have enjoyed ‘a visit’ while playing Angry Birds or sending someone a few texts? Hmmm, those guilty of the crime raise your (dirty!) hands!
Thanks to Brandy for the good advice.
Stay healthy everyone! 🙂