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Smartphones versus public toilets

July 12, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS — Every time you use your cellphone, you could be making a dirty call, according to WWL Radio.

Several recent studies have shown cellphones harbor one of the most active breeding grounds for germs that you''ll come in contact with on a day-to-day basis, the article stated.

According to the article, a recent study by Stanford University has revealed that your smartphone is most likely filthier than a public toilet seat.

"They''re substantially dirtier than the handle on men''s urinals in bathrooms," said Jeffrey Lyons, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of myPhoneMD, a Louisiana-based company.

The warmth of a smartphone''s interior is a germ-infested breeding ground and is a perfect environment for pathogens, the article noted.

"Especially in Southeast Louisiana and other humid areas, there''s moisture that builds up inside the phone. It''s warm, it''s in your pocket and it’s in contact with your body. So it''s a prime breeding ground for germs and pathogens," says Lyons.

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