Bacteria That Live On Our Phones
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Let’s face it! Bacteria are all around us, and that is a fact. Their presence should not make us paranoid because bacteria are also good in keeping the immune system active. But during the day, getting in touch with all the different things as money, handles, newspapers, and all the other thing you can imagine, can expose us to some of the pathogenic bacteria which make the situation more serious. Not surprisingly, smartphones can also be a great breeding ground for different bacteria, even pathogenic.
We take our phones with us wherever we go, including the toilets. It is believed that they carry 10 times more bacteria than most of toilet seats. Associating toilets with bacteria and germs, they are cleaned frequently, while smartphones on the other side are often left out of the cleaning routine. They are potential surface where bacteria colonies are having a party. Because of being constantly active the battery is keeping the phones warm, and being stored in tight and dark spaces as our pockets or purses additionally provide the needed conditions for bacteria breeding.
Researchers at the Columbia University sampled 19 smartphones for bacteria. Even though the results they get are from a small and selective sample and should not necessarily be apply to the general population, they steel came up with a results that can make us think more of our favorite gadgets as bacteria hotspots.
The surprising outcome of the researcher was that 17 out of 19 phones were positive for bacterial growth. Most often bacteria were those that can also be found on our hands. Potentially pathogenic bacteria were found on 2 out of the 17 phones. One of them was a colony of Staphylococcus aureus and the other was MRSA that can cause infections and are resistant to powerful antibiotics.
Check out the details of this research on the video below:
Source: Tehc Insider