Washing Hands Not Enough If You Use A Cell Phone

There is no delicate way of saying this. Your cell phone potentially has more germs on it than the toilet seat. Now think of your employees. They wash their hands to protect themselves & your customers. But they also take their cell phones into the restrooms.

From Fortune 100 corporate monoliths to the smallest of the mom & pop stores, there is an effort to instruct employees with safety measures during the CoronaVirus threat. Wash hands. No handshakes or fist bumps etc. But with cell phones everywhere, there is a danger that a hidden threat is being ignored.

Again not to be crude, but quoting from a Time magazine article, aptly titled “Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. Here’s What to do About It”:

When toilets flush, they spread germs everywhere, which is how phones end up with fecal bacteria like E. coli. “Taking a cell phone into the bathroom and then leaving with it is kind of like going in, not washing your hands and then coming back out,” Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

So how do you sanitize your cell phone from whatever is “out there?” A recent posting by the WERSM site had these suggestons:

Use lint cloths, not paper towels. Use mild hand soap/warm water, not household cleaners. Dip the cloth into the soap solution and wipe the cell phone. Most modern phones should be waterproof. Use the second cloth to dry the cell phone. And watch it around the open sockets; they were meant for things to be plugged in, not water to be deposited.

Here are additional links with tips from Apple and Google:

Apple https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207123

Google https://support.google.com/pixelphone/answer/7533987?hl=en

You can’t protect your employees & customers from every germ, bacteria & virus on their cell phones. But you can give them the weapons to help fight the battle. 

Published by Anthony Scialis, Social Media Content Creator

My name is Anthony Scialis and I used to be a newspaper writer. For over 40 years I covered the business and entertainment beats for community newspapers & magazines. Now, I use research & writing experience to provide Small Business Owners with customer-centric information. I assist with writing blogs and tweets, freeing up small biz owners to focus on what they enjoy and do best— run their businesses.

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