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Your smartphone could be to blame for you catching colds more: its screen is a magnet for germs

The world of smartphones is constantly subjected to diverse studies, some of them focused on the health of users, such as the one that reflected that using the phone in bed causes insomnia in more than 28% of adults; or another who certified that putting the mobile phone in the mouth after going to the bathroom is a serious health problem. Now a new study has revealed that your smartphone could be to blame for catching more coldsas your screen is a magnet for germs.

A new report shows that post-Christmas cold and flu cases are on the rise in the UK and that smartphones may actually be the real culprits, as they report from Mirror. Researchers at Pall Mall Medical have reported that British people are four times more likely to get the flu from using an iPhone than from sitting in the same room as someone infected with the flu virus, and they have an explanation: smartphone screen.

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Dr Shikha Pitalia, General Practitioner and Director of Pall Mall Medical, has stated that people check their phone every 12 minutes when they are awake, and this combined with poor hand hygiene and a dirty screen smartphone “creates the perfect storm to catch the flu” during winter. In addition, he also wanted to make people aware that “the flu can be a serious condition, especially for children, pregnant women and the elderly“, And that simple steps should be taken to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.

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The team of researchers has also discovered that the screens, in this case, the iPhone can contain a variety of nasty germs, including those responsible for the common cold and flu, as well as pneumonia, strep throat, gastroenteritis and diphtheria. In the same way, they also discovered that an average smartphone houses 10 times more germs than a toilet.

Researchers have wanted to educate people so that take action to ensure that your smartphone is kept as clean as possible, such as regularly cleaning the screen with a microfiber cloth or disinfectant wipes, which can also be applied to the rear of the terminal.