Research has found we touch our phones up to 150 times a day, and scientists in America discovered 7,000 types of bacteria on 51 phone samples. While most are harmless, some are not.
‘When you use your phone it heats up, providing the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply,’ says Laura Bowater, a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia.
‘Enterococcus [found in faeces] and pseudomonas bacteria [animals and soil], both of which cause nasty pathogenic infections, have been discovered on phones. Phones with keypads are worse, as they have crevices.
Clean yours every day with antibacterial wipes, or as often as you can.’
By Lee Jae-seung