All of us take our phone to the toilet with us sometimes. But this is a very dangerous habit. Not only yourself, but you can also expose the others around you to germs like salmonella, E. Coli and C.
Dr. Lisa Ackerley, who is a hygiene expert, has said: “If you wipe your bum then pick up your phone, you may as well not bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will end up back on your hands.” So, know you are probably asking yourself of what we should all do. Dr. Ron Cutler, who is the director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary’s University London, said: “Basically, you just shouldn’t (take your phone into the toilet) if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination.” He also said that the levels of contamination vary depending on where the toilet is located. So, a small office cannot be a big problem, but a hospital or a cruise ship where viruses may be circulating are different, and they may be a huge one.
Transferring viruses by hands is the main way, but it is not the only one remember. Dr. Ackerley said: “Spray could travel around six feet from the flush.” This is one of the reasons why you should not leave your toothbrush close to the toilet, and also put your phone down on the toilet roll holder or any shelf that might be there. Also, germs are able to survive only a couple of days on your phone.
Dr. Ron Cutler said:“Phones heat up a little bit giving bacteria a nice warm environment. “If people handle sweets and leave a sticky coating on the phone, that’s an even better place for bacteria.”So, you have to wash your hands with soap and water, and also leave your phone in your bag before visiting the toilet.