Did you know? – Phone facts

Did you know? – Phone facts

April 2016

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Our phones are an essential accessory in our life. We use and carry them all day long, bring them everywhere even in the most intimate places. According to a street survey conducted by a local University, it was found that 9 out of 10 people use their smartphone in the restroom.

Phones are a hotspot for germs and can harbour 25 000 germs per square inch. Regularly cleaning them can reduce the risk of getting sick.

Below are recommended cleaning tips for your phone:

-          Frequently remove fingerprints and grease from the screen with a microfiber cloth. 

-          Once a week, turn off your mobile phone and put some alcohol-free disinfectant on a soft cloth to wipe your phone and its case clean.  Dry it off immediately with a soft cloth.

-          Avoid taking your phone to the restroom and regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Cleaner hands mean a cleaner phone.

 

Sources:

Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. 2009. Are we aware how contaminated our mobile phones with nosocomial pathogens? [ONLINE] Available at: http://ann-clinmicrob.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-0711-8-7.

Hindustan Times. 2013. Germs are often a phone call away. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/germs-are-often-a-phone-call-away/story-Ut1Xxr7Dt39hqEbQjQ6HqO.html.

Asia One. 2016. 90% Singaporeans use their smartphones in the toilet, but only 10% clean them. [ONLINE] Available at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/90-singaporeans-use-their-smartphones-toilet-only-1-clean-them. 

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