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The flu has been spreading fast across the country this year, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that in fact, this year's flu outbreak is one of the worst in a decade.
Viruses are known to live on inanimate objects like phones, particularly in colder climates and seasons (because heat kills viruses), so we need to be aware of who we share or pass our phone to. With flu season in full swing, it's crucial to keep our phones germ-free.
These days people take their phones with them everywhere they go, from the gym to the bathroom and then to the dinner table and even to bed. Throughout your day, you inevitably shake hands, touch doorknobs and staircase railings -- and then you touch your phone and put it against your face.
Below are tips to help you avoid getting the flu and other harmful germs from your phone:
Try using a Bluetooth device or other hands-free headset, minimizing your keypad-to-face exposure
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. Don't spray the phone. (Remember that washing your hands and then touching a dirty phone or keypad is self-limiting).
Avoid sick people. If you share your phone with friends or family be careful, you may be sharing more than just your phone, you may be spreading a virus!
Consider getting a flu shot. If you are sick and experiencing flu symptoms, do not share your phone and stay home to avoid infecting others. Keep your germs to yourself.
Wash your hands frequently. Sing a verse from a familiar song (e.g., "Happy Birthday") while lathering and rinsing. Don't rush. If soap and water are not available to wash hands then use disinfectant like hand sanitizer.
Don't – please don't – use your phone in a restroom. Some things can wait!
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