While in the bathroom, those few minutes you spend scrolling through various social media sites could possibly lead to stack up of germs on your phone and then eventually on your hands and face. Mobile phones are perfect breeding grounds for germs since they heat up when being used.
Scientists from London’s Metropolitan University evaluated 27 cell phones for a variety of bacteria using a contact plate method and microbial identification. They did so to determine how much bacterial contamination is on the phones.
More than 17,000 bacterial gene copies and 20 different dominant microbial species were found by the scientists. Susan Whittier, director of clinical microbiology at New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center, told Time.com:
“We’re not walking through a sterile environment, so if you touch a surface there could be something on that. There are lots of environmental contaminants”.
University microbiologist Paul Matewele in an interview with The Sun said: “Toilet seats, handles, sinks and taps are covered in germs such as E. coli, which can cause urinary tract infections and intestinal illness, C. diff which can result in diarrhoea, and Acinetobacter which can cause a contagious respiratory infection.”
According to the study, most frequent contaminants of mobile phones are:
- Staphylococcus epidermidis
- Staphylococcus hominis
- Micrococcus luteus
- Acinetobacter lwoffii