Going to the toilet with your smartphone or tablet is a common habit these days, but according to scientists, it is very dangerous. This puts you at risk of contracting bacteria like E. Coli or Salmonella, which can wreak havoc on your system. How you ask? Dr. Lisa Ackerley has the answer.
“If you wipe your ass and pick up your phone, you don’t even bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will come back to your hands,” he said.
So, what should we do? According to Dr. Ron Cutler, staying off your phone in the bathroom is a smart move. “Basically, if you’re worried about viruses or fecal contamination, don’t (take your phone to the bathroom).” He also says that the level of contamination depends on the location of the bathroom – offices may not be a problem, but public toilets can significantly increase the risk of infection. Viruses can be transmitted through anything, not just hands and air. A single spray from the toilet can get within 6 feet of the flush point and land on the toothbrush, so it should be in a closed cabinet.
Germs can live on your phone for days! “The phone heats up a bit and creates a warm environment for bacteria. If people handle the candy and leave a sticky coating on the phone, it becomes a better place for the bacteria,” Dr. Cutler said. That’s why it’s so important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you go to the bathroom.