It is known that the screens of our phones store a large amount of bacteria. However, a new report by the American company SellCell revealed that it could inhabit the bacteria of the escherichia coli (E. Coli) coming from human excrement.
Among the most alarming data, a study of the harmful microbes that inhabit our devices found E. coli bacteria and fecal streptococci on 100 percent of smartphone screens.
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Food poisoning germs, Bacillus cereus and S. aureus were also found.. These are spore-producing germs that can contaminate food and that in their consumers produce two types of food poisoning: the diarrheal form and the enteric form. Depending on the type of infection, you may receive a cream, medication, or, in the most severe cases, surgery.
Although there is no trace of Salmonella, the study revealed that half of the cell phones consulted contained P. aeruginosa (a bacterium commonly found in cockroach poop).
Speaking to The Daily Mailthe SellCell COO and Report Manager Sarah McConomy, specified that the study arose to find out how common are the harmful bacteria that inhabit the screens and which are the most common.
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In later statements, the specialist argued that “the results were really shocking, with many forms of bacteria originating in human feces.” Consequently, she stressed the importance of frequently sanitizing phones.
“The most disturbing thing to see was the presence of P. aeruginosa, a bacterium that comes directly from cockroaches and their droppings,” McConomy said.
The study was supported by the analysis of the screens of the devices owned by six women and four men between the ages of 22 and 62.
While some confessed to taking their phones into the bathroom, the researchers specified that in just five minutes of exposure inside the bathroom you can contract a large number of bacteria. And they added that the germs “become airborne when flushing the toilet, increasing the chance that they might fall off and land on your phone.”
According to the director of SellCell, Cell phones could be responsible for the spread of diseases.
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