Mobile Phones Transmit Flu, Here's What To Do

BOCA RATON, FL ( — As the national spread of the flu becomes one of the major stories of the winter, AT&T is issuing a warning to customers that mobile phones don't just transmit voice and text messages, but can also transmit germs as well.

All it takes is sharing your phone with someone who is sick, and the odds are good that you'll get sick too.

So what to do?

AT&T's chief medical officer, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, suggests the following:

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!

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.

Wash your phone! If you think it has been contaminated, disinfect your phone. Follow your phone manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your device properly. (Remember that washing your hands and then touching a dirty phone or keypad is self limiting).

Try using a Bluetooth device or other hands-free headset, minimizing your keypad-to-face exposure
Don’t – please don’t – use your phone in a restroom. Some things can wait!

Find more information about the flu at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention site here:


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