As you might already know (or have experienced firsthand), the flu bug is going around something nasty this year. And, unfortunately, smartphones don’t help the situation much. After all, think about how much you use yours, then think about how many other things your hands touch throughout the day. That little brick in your pocket is probably a scummier vector for disease than the neighbor kid who seems like he spends his time rolling around in dirt all day. Your smartphone is probably awash in viruses and bacteria, and then you put it to your face. Have fun with that image for the rest of the day.
Point is, smartphones can help pass the flu on from flu-having people to you without you even realizing it. Fortunately, AT&T’s Chief Medical Information Officer (who knew they had one of those?), Dr. Geeta Nayyar, has created a handy checklist for you to follow to make sure that your smartphone stays healthy and virus-free. The good doctor kicks off with the obvious general advice – get a flu shot, avoid sick people, and wash your hands frequently. Those who have already been infected are encouraged to hole up at home for a while until things clear up.
The above smartphone advice is also laden with common sense. Wiping down your phone with disinfectant every so often is probably a rock-solid strategy. You can use Bluetooth headsets to avoid putting phone to face for extra protection. Then, there’s the final, and maybe most common sensical piece of advice in the whole list – phones and bathrooms do not mix. Maybe keep the smartphone tucked away while you’re handling business in there.
Here’s hoping everyone stays healthy and plague-free. Make sure those smartphones are working for you, not against you.