Fecal matter found on 1 in 6 cellphones
The presence of E. coli on so many mobile phones suggests people aren't washing their hands with soap when they ought to.
You might wash your hands after reading this stat: Researchers in the U.K. have discovered that one in six mobile phones in Britain have fecal matter on them.
The study found that 16% of hands and 16% of phones tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria of a fecal origin, say scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London. Post continues after video.
E. coli, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure in severe cases, was the cause of a deadly outbreak in Europe this summer that resulted in 31 deaths and illness of more than 3,000.
Researchers say the contamination suggests that people are not as diligent about their personal hygiene as they say they are. Scientists discovered that although 95% of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, 92% of phones and 82% of hands had the bacteria on them.
"People may claim they wash their hands regularly but the science shows otherwise," Ron Cutler, of Queen Mary, University of London, said in a written statement.
Results are based on 390 samples taken from mobile phones and owners' hands in 12 cities. The study was conducted in tandem with Global Handwashing Day, held every year on Oct. 15. Its aim is to "transform the action of washing hands with soap into an automatic behavior," say researchers.
"I hope the thought of having E. coli on their hands and phones encourages them to take more care in the bathroom," Val Curtis, leader for Global Handwashing Day from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said in a written statement. "Washing your hands with soap is such a simple thing to do but there is no doubt it saves lives."
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This is exactly the reason I don't use other people's phones if I can avoid it. I also make it a point to carry my own pen so I can avoid using the one on the counter that was just used by a hundred people with fecal matter on their hands.
You probably forgot the most important part of that scenario.
"All the while, talking or texting on his cell phone."
Sounds like some people, when time to wipe, forgot which hand held the TP and which hand held the Cell phone....
As UPS would say... "What can brown do for you?"
I wash my hands often daily, not on the level of Howard R Hughes in "The Aviator", but I spend around 20 seconds going up past my wrists with gentle soap, such as Dove. We grew up with Ivory and Lifebuoy and nail scrubbers.
Statistically speaking 2 people who commented on this so far have dirty hands and phones... and keyboard too (unless the phone was used to add the comment).
Seriously, as a guy I can see not washing with soap after a leak if you're careful and don't firehose the place down, but if you take a dump who in their right mind would not wash with soap, and I mean wash, like for 20 seconds? Think about it, how many times a day do people pick their noses, rub their eyes, or chew on their fingers?
Another point, how often do people clean their darn phones???
I just read that NASA wants to look at sending a probe to study the planet Uranus
Sounds like many cell phones have all ready done so.
from what I've seen...
..more than one cell phone in six is crappy!
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