SMART PHONES ARE A "HOT MESS!"

We use our cell phones everywhere from the time we get up till bed.  It is a constant fixture in our hands so much so that we touch our phones about 47 times a day according to industry sources. 

People are always carrying their phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything else.  This is why our cell phones are a “HOT MESS” loaded with bacteria in fact the University of Arizona found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.

The reason is because human skin is naturally covered in microbes plus the oils on your hands, get passed on to your phone every time you check a text or send an email.

Just having these microbes on your phone won’t make you ill, but you still don’t want to let them enter your system.  

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid some germs. One of the worst places to use your phone is the bathroom. When toilets flush, they spread germs everywhere, which is how phones end up with fecal bacteria like E. coli.

But if you want to clean your phone, a few different methods will work.   The best way to ensure a clean phone its recommended using a 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth.  Mix the ingredients together, and then dip a cloth in the solution before wiping it gently across your phone. Unless you’re sick, doing this a few times each month is plenty.

Stay away from liquid or spray cleaners, which can damage your phone.

Still, the best advice is wash your hands several times a day and you’ll likely be just fine. 

Stay Clean, Stay Healthy   

FLU SEASON IS HERE IN ANCHORAGE

How can you and your employees reduce the risk of catching the flu this season?

1. Get Vaccinated

The most effective way to help prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated with the flu vaccine every year.   You can find a location to get a flu shot near you with the CDC's "Flu Vaccine Finder”    The short-lived pain of getting the shot is worth staying healthy and taking time off work when you want too.

2. Wash Your Hands

This is the easiest way to prevent a lot of illnesses.  We pick up a ton of bacteria and germs from our work desks, break rooms, phones, and more.   It’s always a good habit to wash hands all year long not just during flu season.  

3. Keep Your Hands Away from Your Face

The CDC stress the importance of not touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. These areas are very susceptible to germs especially if your hands are have not been washed.

4. Use Your Sick Days

We all have done it or knows that one person in the office that comes to work coughing and sneezing.   The CDC and common sense says to stay home from work, school or evening running errands unless its to the doctors to keep from spreading it to others. 

5. Eat and Sleep Well

Drinking plenty of fluids and filling your diet with nutritious foods to keep your immune system running well.  Get enough sleep to avoid "getting rundown” this will keep your immune system stronger. 

FINALLY

There is no surefire way to fully prevent from getting the flu.  But by practicing these tips is a good way to try to prevent yourself and your office from catching the flu this season.  Also, if you get the flu follow doctors instructions.