No, the headline for this column isn’t click bait or rumour mongering. It’s actually a solid question that we all must ask ourselves. And without wasting time, let me answer it right away. Yes, it can. In fact it could be one of the biggest problems in the fight against viruses and bacteria.
For years now people have asked this one startling question: Is your phone dirtier than your toilet seat? The answer is yes, it is. In fact, your phone, your TV remote control, your smartwatch, your laptop, your tablet — all of them are dirtier than your toilet seat. And here’s why. Your toilet seat (or any part of the toilet) is cleaned every day (at least, I hope it is) with disinfectants and cleaning agents. But your phone and all other electronics that you touch everyday are never ever cleaned. Think about it. When was the last time you took your phone, your remote or anything similar and cleaned them? I’m not talking about wiping the display with some water or a screen wipe. I’m talking about a proper, thorough disinfection. Roughly 99.9 per cent of the world population do not clean their phones!
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