Your mobile phone is probably covered in deadly germs
If you’ve taken delivery of a new iPhone 4S this morning, you’re probably feeling a little bit pleased with yourself right now. Well there’s another reason why your smugness levels should be higher than usual that you’re almost certainly not aware of.
That’s because, unless you’re a filthy monkey, your gleaming new phone isn’t one of the one in six in the country that are contaminated with E coli from being covered in ‘faecal bacteria’. Oh yes – that’s 16% of all the phones in the UK, according to a study by the ‘London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London’ (no, us neither).
So where are the dirtiest phones in the land? Birmingham, with 41% of bacteria-daubed phones. However, if it’s the actual hardcore E coli that you’re after, head to London. The study found that 28% of handsets in our fair capital are contaminated with the deadly bug.
There’s also a north-south divide, with northern cities being WAY dirtier than the southern ones. Glasgow, for example, is nine times germier than Brighton. We’re sure you’ll come up with your own suggestions as to why that might be the case.
Oh and it’s Global Handwashing Day tomorrow so buck your ideas up eh?