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The flu is one of the worst in years and at least 30 children have died after becoming infected this season and on top of that this year’s flu vaccine is only 20% effective in preventing the virus! Best advice is to wash your hands but if you are washing your hands and then using common devices like cell phones, remote controls, game controllers, computer keyboards, and the like, you’re not accomplishing as much as you think. Here’s what you need to know and how to fight back against germs, viruses, and bacteria.
Your Cell Phone
A cell phone can be 10x dirtier than a public toilet. In a recent study of high school student’s phones, 17,000 bacterial gene copies were found on its surfaces. According to a Men’s Health article, there’s a good chance your phone – the device you touch with your hands and press against your face all day – is contaminated with fecal matter, E. coli, influenza, MRSA, and other disease causing germs. You can’t wash you phone with soap and water because it will damage the device. What’s the solution then? There are great products that can do the trick cleaning these nasty germs from your phone. PhoneSoap’s revolutionary bacteria-zapping technology was featured on abc’s shark tank and the Discovery Channel. It’s unique design allows a phone to charge while it’s sanitizing and it kills 99.99% of germs. Awesome Wipes were made specifically for cleaning and disinfecting electronic devices and won’t leave your screen with streaks.
Your Computer’s Keyboard
According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus traced back to shared computer equipment caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis (symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) at a Washington DC elementary school and sickened 1 in 4 students and teachers! Even if you don’t used a shared computer, your keyboard’s constant use by your often dirty hands can leave it with many of the same germs and bacteria found on your cell phone. After all, how often do you make sure to wash your hands before using your computer after touching shared surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, railings, and the like? Do you get up to wash your hands after coughing while busy at your laptop? And what about eating? Do you eat while using your computer? A London consumer group found computer keyboards to have 5x more harmful bacteria than, you guessed it, a toilet seat. Other items that fall into this category include remote controls, your computer’s mouse, game controllers, and home phones. So, what to do? First, you’ll want to make sure to clean your keyboard of crumbs, dust and other dirt particles with products like HomeDoReMi Keyboard Cleaner which is a gel that you press onto the keyboard and it grabs onto dirt and dust and Dust-Off which is a pressurized can of air which will blow away dust and dirt.
Then you need to use products designed and formulated to kill germs and bacteria like the Eocean UV Sterilizer Light. This device uses UV-C light which kills germs without the use of chemicals. It is rechargeable and needs no batteries. Lysol Wipes can be used to wipe the surface of the keyboard and other surfaces and kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
The ‘Other’ Category
What about all the other things around your home and cars, some you would think of and others maybe not? Children’s toys and pacifiers are ones that definitely need sanitizing but you might not want to use harsh chemicals. How about toothbrushes and makeup brushes? Doorknobs, railings, faucets, and the toilet handles need regular disinfecting. And, what about your car’s steering wheel and gear shift. These are all items we regularly come into contact with that don’t necessarily get cleaned as they should and will contaminate freshly washed hands. Luckily, there are products to take care of these.