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edwardk said Oct 15, 2010
It's almost that time of the year again when people start worrying about influenza. As more and more people adopt "smart devices" (iphones, Androis, ipads, etc), researchers set out to determine what kind of risk they might pose.

An article from the Journal of Applied Microbiology clearly demonstrated that pathogens can easily transfer from a glass surface to human skin. Think of all the newer devices that have glass surfaces.... In short, this means that if someone with influenza used the device, you may contract it.

A British magazine called Which conducted a test on 30 randomly selected mobile devices and discovered that they contained 18 times more bacteria than a toilet's flush handle.

The 33 from Dallas conducted a similar test and called the results "absolutely gross" finding E.Coli on one of the tested devices.

So the moral of the story is don't use some elses smart device and regularly disinfect your own. How do you clean you device? Check the manufacturer specifications.

As an example, Apple says "Don't use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPhone." Personally I use the ZAGGwipes...

How do you "disinfect" your device?

coolmodee said Oct 17, 2010
ZAGGwipes are a very good suggestion. Didn't know about them.
I usually just use a wetnap or a damp glass cleaner cloth to clean my electronics. I know that doesn't remove the bacteria.

As for the article itself, I was fully away of this before. I work in IT and have to touch several peoples keyboards, mice and blackberrys everyday. I find myself not touching my face at all when I am at work and also wash my hands about 20 times a day when I am in the office.

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