Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, during his ongoing experiments, found that bugs get onto a phone because it is so close to our hands and mouths and the device is not cleaned.
Tests showed that up to 10 times the amount of pathogens which cause nausea and stomach upsets were present on a mobile phone than a toilet seat.
When somebody lets a friend or a stranger use their mobile their bacteria also gets onto the device. Because mobiles are electronic some people think that they don’t require cleaning. They are not part of our cleaning routine. But they should be wiped with an antibacterial substance every now and then.
Previous research has found that other things we assume are clean are in reality more infested with germs. Even computer mice and desk phones were found to have ATP levels above 100. Computer keyboards are also five times dirtier than the average lavatory seat.
British scientists discovered that cash machines have similar levels of pseudomonas and bacillus, bacteria which are known to cause sickness and diarrhoea.