Fact or Fiction: Do Cell Phones Carry a lot of Germs?

Cell phones can carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats, mostly because many users forget to clean their screen.

By on January 23, 2015

Cell phones can carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats, mostly because many users forget to clean their screen. According to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, it’s not the amount of germs on a phone that’s the problem; it’s the sharing of phones between people. Without sharing, each phone carries just one set of germs and most likely won’t get its owner sick. It’s when people share phones, however, that can be a cause for concern.

To keep your devices clean, it’s important to wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe. Antibacterial sprays might damage the device, but a gentle wipe should be able to clean the device sufficiently. Click here for tips on how to clean your device.

This is part of the Verizon Wireless “#FactOrFiction” series.

Sheldon Jones is a public relations manager for Verizon Wireless. You can follow him on Twitter at: @VZWsheldon.

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