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Can touch screens on ipads and cell phones make you sick?

Studies: Easy for Bacteria, Viruses to Get onto Them, Then Spread to People Who Use Them; Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS news correspondent on Cutting Risk.
(CBS) Your electronic devices, according to two new studies, have the potential to make you very sick.

A recent study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology says viruses can easily be transferred from nonporous glass surfaces, such as the touch screen of an iPhone -- up to 30 percent of a virus can be transferred from the screen of your device to your fingers.

A separate British study says mobile phones are covered with up to 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle.



Asked by tasches at 3:13 PM on Oct. 18, 2010 in Health

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  • Well, if people would quit being so icky and start washing their hands and cleaning their living spaces more, less germs would exist, lol.

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 3:16 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Well good for the immune system. Can't live in a bubble.

    Answer by Misteh at 3:18 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • it makes sense. u carry it around with u just about everywhere. most ppl are glued to them all the time and have poor hygine habbits. unless u clean it after every use, the chances of getting sick from it increases

    Answer by Phippsandrea at 3:15 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Who cares, I 'm getting tired of these germ fanatics

    Answer by staceynoel at 3:16 PM on Oct. 18, 2010