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January 18, 2013

Cold carriers: Cellphones can harbor germs, but are tricky to clean

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Wrong kind of viral

Viral videos are one thing to see on a cellphone, but viruses are different. Here are some tips for keeping phones free and clear from disease-causing germs:

  • Don't share. You can't contract germs from others -- or spread yours -- if your phone stays in your hands only.
  • Wrap it up. Cover your touch screen with a plastic film, which can be replaced or washed.
  • Let it sit. If someone else has touched your phone, be mindful that it could be a conduit for the flu or colds. If possible, don't use the phone for a few hours. If you must use it, try to use speakerphone mode.
  • Keep it out of kids' hands. Be especially careful to keep your phone away from children, who are considered the "dominant distributors" of the flu.

Source: Scripps Howard News Service

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