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Can Your Touch Device Turn You Viral?

If your bestie wants to show you the latest photo of their puppy, keep your hands off of their mobile device. Look at the picture… but don’t touch the phone. Research shows that touchscreen devices harbor approximately 18% more germs than the handles of flush toilets in mens’ restrooms do. Simply touching your friend’s device can land you in bed for a few days with a fever, the sniffles and a nasty cough.

“If you’re sharing the device, then you’re sharing your influenza with someone else who touches it,” said Timothy Julian, a Stanford University doctoral student who co-authored a study on the spread of viruses. According to Julian’s study, the risks of transmitting pathogens from glass surfaces to a person’s skin are relatively high. “If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said. In turn, “a fair amount of it may go from your fingers to your eyes, mouth or nose,” the most likely routes of infection.

It’s impossible to measure how many people may have gotten sick due to sharing devices with others. But the devices add to the growing list of so-called fomites – frequently handled objects – that can spread pathogens such as the flu virus.

I’m thinking I don’t need to also remind you to wash your hands frequently, cover that cough or sneeze, get your flu shot and clean your device with a safe anti-bacterial wipe!

A Cleaning a Day Will Keep the QWERTY Tummy Away

No one wants to have to look at a dirty keyboard. Too often, people don’t bother to wash their hands after eating or using the restroom. Not only is this unhealthy for you in many ways… it can also end up causing you to fall ill with QWERTY Sickness. That illness is actually quite real, and is a coined phrase for a common form of food poisoning. Yes… you really can get sick from your keyboard – VERY sick.

Your keyboard is a hotbed for germs and other particles. The oils from your skin rub off onto the keys. Crumbs and droplets spill onto (and into) the data input device every time you nom at your desk. When you don’t wash your hands after using the bathroom and then return directly to your computer, where do you think those germs now reside? A standard keyboard can be up to five times dirtier and germier than a toilet according to recent studies.

You can take the time to clean your keyboard often, or you could choose to purchase a silicone keyboard cover. Those are fairly inexpensive and will save you a lot of headaches… and possibly some unwanted tummy symptoms. You can quickly wipe them down in under twenty seconds without ever having to remove it.

I don’t want to know what’s lurking on and beneath the keys. I now have my box of sanitary cleaning wipes close at hand to use several times a day.