There's More Than One Way to Catch a Virus on Your Phone

There's More Than One Way to Catch a Virus on Your Phone

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Taryn Williford
Mar 16, 2009

Think about where your cell phone travels everyday. It comes up from the nightstand in the morning and it might follow you into the kitchen when you make breakfast or in the bathroom when you shower and get ready. It goes in and out of your pocket or purse all day and it might change hands several times when you ask somebody (a co-worker? a boyfriend?) to reach over and hand it to you. If you've ever accidentally left it behind on a table near a nice stranger, you've had your cell handed to you by hands you've never known before. But how often do you wipe the sucker down before you press it back up to your face? Read through the jump and you might start...

Computer World is reporting that a bunch of science-y dudes at Ondokuz Mayis University in Turkey tested the cell phones of 200 doctors and nurses—exactly who you'd hope weren't carrying little pools of infection—and found that 95 percent of them were carrying bacteria. Some were even found to have traces of the antibiotic-immune MRSA superbug, a.k.a. the cause of most every hospital infection.

To ward off these scary bugs on your own gadget, Computer World suggests wiping down your cell with rubbing alcohol or investing in a UV light wand—like this compact one from PureLight that is designed for use on cell phones.

And of course, prevention is better than a cure. So make sure you watch your cell and keep it away from other peoples' grubby little mitts and use a Bluetooth headset to keep your own paws off of it when you can.

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