No, I’m not talking about the cancerous tumor that’s growing in your brain from sleeping with your cell phone under your pillow every night! That’s old news. I’m talking about your everyday, pedestrian strains of parasites and bacteria transmitted through poo.
No s___! Actually, there probably is s___. According to a study by the University of London, one in six mobile phones in Britain is contaminated with fecal matter. Of course, they say “faecal” but hey, tomato-tomahto, right?
16% of hands and 16% of cell phones were found to harbor E.coli, which causes stomach upset, food poisoning, and has been the cause of several serious outbreaks in the last few years, including the one in Germany last summer that killed 157 people! Didn’t we have to boycott lettuce or lemons at some point?
The article says, “Every year, 3.5m children under the age of five are killed by pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases – and the simple action of washing hands with soap is one of the most effective ways of preventing these illnesses. In developed countries, handwashing with soap helps to prevent the spread of viral infections, such as norovirus, rotavirus and influenza.”
All we have to do is wash our hands. With soap. Generally speaking, it seems like the U.S. has become so germaphobic that it’s an accepted ritual to wipe down the handles of your grocery cart as you enter the store. I’ve seen automatic dispensers of hand sanitizer strategically positioned RIGHT NEXT to the elevator button in the lobby. And what mom does not have a little bottle of it in her diaper bag or purse these days? Mine doubles as moisturizer. However, I wonder how many of us go through all these lengths but decide to skip the basic hand-washing-with-soap ritual?
Consider the irony with the great lengths we go through to keep the germs at bay, our most-prized and treasured item, the one we keep close to us at all times, the one that has a permanent reserved parking spot on our kitchen counters as we make breakfast, lunch and dinner, the one that actually makes it into our beds and for some, into our toddler’s eager mouths, is F-I-L-T-H-Y. It’s a petri dish of every microscopic vile creature you can imagine!
Don’t even pretend you don’t bring your phone to the bathroom, you bloggers! How else are you going to maximize that time?! I’ve polled you and I know.
When I read this article, I had so many follow-up questions. Where to begin? Who’s poo is it? Is it mine? Or, is it some stranger’s I picked up from not hand-sanitizing when I pushed the UP button? Should I be sanitizing before or after I push the button? And, how often should I be I be sanitizing my phone, for goodness sake?
While we’re scrutinizing our cell phones, why not take a look at that keyboard. Or, don’t.
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