OKLAHOMA CITY—Americans are attempting to avoid the flu at all costs; trying everything from getting the flu shot to even wearing masks in public.
However, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, chief medical information officer for AT&T, says your cell phone may be the one thing you overlook when it comes to illness and germs.
People take their phones with them everywhere they go, from the gym to the bathroom. At the end of the day, you may even find yourself with your phone at the dinner table and even in bed.
Throughout the day, you shake hands, touch doorknobs and staircase rails before touching your phone and putting it to your face.
The flu has been spreading fast across the country this year, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu outbreak is one of the worst in a decade.
Dr. Nayyar says there are a few simple things you could do that may save you from sickness.
- You should consider getting a flu shot and to not share your phone with others.
- Also, avoid sick people and wash your hands frequently.
- Wash your phone. If you think it has been contaminated, disinfect your phone. Use a wrung-out disinfectant wipe or spray a paper towel with disinfectant. Do not spray the phone directly.
- Try using a Bluetooth device or a hands-free headset to minimize your keypad-to-face exposure.
- Don’t use your phone in a restroom.
For more information about the flu, visit the CDC’s website.