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Avoid getting the flu from your mobile device

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Nowadays, people take their phones and other mobile devices with them everywhere, from the gym to the bathroom and dinner table and even bed.

Throughout the day, many people shake hands, touch doorknobs, staircase railings and then touch their phone and put it against their face.

Viruses are known to live on inanimate objects like phones, particularly in colder climates and seasons, so it is important to be aware of the risks.

With flu season in full swing, it is crucial to keep devices germ-free. The flu has been spreading across the country this year with more than half of the states reporting widespread activity.

Below are tips from AT&T’s Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Geeta Nayyar to help you avoid getting the flu and other harmful germs from your phone:

Consider getting a flu shot. If you are sick and experiencing flu symptoms, do not share your phone and stay home to avoid infecting others. Keep your germs to yourself. 

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. Use a wrung-out disinfectant wipe or spray a paper towel with disinfectant. Don’t spray the phone. (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: http://www.cdc.gov/

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