The cell phones they have become a fundamental part of our lives, so much so that they came to the bathroom while we relieve ourselves, it has become a most normal custom. This is because we like to take advantage of the time spent on the toilet, updating our social networksanswering whatsapp messagesor speaking by some other application.
However, this seemingly harmless habit can lead to serious health problems. Two specialists in microbiology explain to us about the dangers they represent go to the bathroom with the cell phone.
To begin with, it must be very clear that toilets (especially public ones) are covered in germs, bacteria and fecal matter. When we take our cell phone to this type of environment, it is very likely that become contaminated with microorganisms that can cause various infectionsexplains Nadia Galindo specialist in microbiology.
“Because when we pull the lever and don’t cover the toilet, thousands of microorganisms begin to spread, which we obviously don’t see, throughout the bathroom, including our cell phones. Usually, people do not disinfect their mobile after subjecting it to this contamination, so by bringing it closer to their mouth or nasal passages, it allows them to have direct contact with pathogenic microorganisms”, adds Nadia.
According to microbiologist Jean Piere Quiliche, the bacteria that are frequently found in these places and can remain on our phones are salmonella, escherichia coli and streptococcus. These germs can cause intestinal indigestion, fever, nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea or mucus and pus in the stool.
The problem can even get worse when the person has a weak waterproof systembecause you have a tendency to get sick more often, or with greater intensity.
Therefore, the recommendation of both specialists is to avoid entering the bathroom with the cell phone, and if it is impossible for them, then try to always keep your hands clean and the cell phone disinfected. “Because there is no point in washing your hands properly for two minutes and then picking up your cell phone full of germs. The exhibition will continue the same”, explains Galindo.
How to disinfect your phone?
It is not enough to pass a cloth over it, the best way to disinfect your cell phone when you expose it to contaminated places such as bathrooms, armchairs, tables, carpets, etc.; is using alcohol gel and a piece of toilet papersince, a difference of 70° alcohol, it evaporates more slowly, so it protects the mobile for longer, as recommended by the specialist Jean Piere Quiliche.
In addition, it is important that cleaning is constant (at least two to three times a day), because, like our hands, this technological device is exposed to a large number of microorganisms. Make it a habit by connecting it with something else you already do, like brushing your teeth or plugging in your phone to charge it at night.
The daily elimination of the mobiles is the most feasible and cheapest alternative to be able to avoid future infections.