Top Tips to Reduce the Risk of Getting Sick from Bacteria on your Smartphone
When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, it’s important to remember they’re most often spread by hands. There are extremely important steps, like washing hands with soap for 20 seconds and avoiding contact with sick individuals, that can lower the risk of spreading germs to others. But we often forget about how dirty our smartphones and mobile accessories can become after we unplug or turn off.
The average cell phone user touches their phone 2,617 times per day, which means the potential for germ exposure is massive. Studies have also found that cell phones have 10 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. That means your smartphone, the thing that is constantly in your hands and next to your mouth, is one of the most dangerous sources of spreading infectious germs. The following are top tips to reduce the risk of getting sick from germs on your device screen.
- Clean your phone twice a day to prevent the spread of germs, especially if you (or your children) use your phone while eating.
- Use a screen protector like InvisibleShield’s Glass Elite VisionGuard+ that kills surface germs (and as a bonus also protects the screen). When the anti-microbial technology is integrated into the screen protector glass, it does not wear away over time, which means you do not have to constantly clean the phone screen.
- Similarly, use a phone case that kills germs, like Gear4’s latest Galaxy S20 solutions, or use a durable case (in plastic material) so you can easily clean it with a disinfectant wipe or wash under running water (instead of the phone).
- If you do not have a phone case or screen protector, follow the phone manufacturer's recommendations on how to best clean your phone. Stay away from bleach, and don’t submerge your phone in any cleaning agents, as both can ruin devices and render them useless.
- Do not bring your smartphone into the bathroom, and if you have to do so, do not touch it. Rather, keep it in your pocket until you have washed your hands. Similarly, don’t place your phone on germy surfaces like a bus seat, diaper changing table, or kitchen counter while handling raw meat.
- Use truly wireless headphones or a headset instead of pressing the phone against your cheek while talking. Remember to clean the earbuds (preferably after each call), but make sure your earbuds have an IP rating so they can withstand water for cleaning.
- Never borrow a phone from a person with cold symptoms and don't lend your own smartphone to another person.
- Finally, wash your hands regularly and, of course, after every bathroom visit.