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The old wallet full of pictures has been replaced…

It’s quite normal these days to pass around your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, or other Smartphone to show off your latest images of the kids, family gatherings or special events. Millions of people do it. After all, that’s one of the devices intended use.

That’s certainly what was happening at a recent gathering I attended. But, by the time the smartphone got to the person before me, I didn’t reach for it when they were done.

I’m not in the same league as Howard Hughes or Howie Mandel when it comes to being a germ-a-phobe, but I do know when to keep my hands off of something.

The smartphone had a visible grimy coating like it had been in a grease-kitchen all over the glass screen and plenty of fingerprints from recent multiple swipes.

The first thing that crossed my mind was an Oprah episode where they tested the bacteria level of the entire audiences cell phones. Over half of the cell phones were considered health hazards; many contaminated with staph bacteria and some contaminated with e.coli bacteria.

WIth that, how do you keep your devices clean and sanitary? Even within your own home, your family can spread germs and viruses to your devices.

Apple even has a website on how to keep Apple products clean.

iPad and iPhone devices are listed as having an oleophobic coatings (prevents oils from users skin from staining or sticking) on the screens, and cleaning is by using a soft lint-free, slightly damp cloth. But it is noted that with time and normal use this coating will diminish.

To keep germs and viruses at bay several companies have come out with products like:

Either way, keeping it clean can be good for your health.

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  • mierzk

    chita,
    thanks so much for this post!

    as i sit here in my 6th day with a horrible incapitating flu,
    i appreciate your message.
    i have to say, i never thought of germs on the phone,
    but am glad you took the time to write about this.
    hand me my cotton gloves, please!

    kathy

  • Howard

    All this over hyped ‘health’ nonsense is just that. It is this obsession with ‘bacteria’ that gives us the current epidemic of allergy problems. We are built to develop our immunity systems and if we don’t get exposed to those bacteria and viruses we don’t develop – this is far far worse than the small risk of tiny amounts of bacteria in our surroundings.