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Infectious Diseases

10 Ways Your Cell Phone Can Make You Sick

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Medical professional using smartphone.
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Restroom doors.
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Phones carry a surprisingly high number of germs


Woman with stomach pain.
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Many germs found on phones cause infections


Teen using smartphone.
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Transferring germs through your phone is easy


Woman wiping cell phone screen.
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We use the wrong thing to clean our phone


Man using wipe on cell phone.
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Some bacteria are resistant to low-grade cleaners


Smiling bartender using his cell phone at work.
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We use our phones in public places


Angry man on cell phone walking down street.
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Phones are used very frequently during the day


Changing table in public restroom.
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We use our phone in the wrong places


Cooking with recipe on smartphone.
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Food-borne bacteria can stick on the screen


Hands-free device in car.
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Sometimes we just have to take the call


Kristina Brooks

Kristina Brooks

Kristina Brooks was a digital editor at HealthCentral with a background in animal biology, ecology, and health science. While studying broadcast journalism, she discovered the great need for health reporters that could translate research to the public. In her work, she hopes to use research to help consumers make smart decisions about their healthcare, and empower patients to stay confident and in charge of their chronic conditions. She helped launch HealthCentral's inaugural MythWeek.