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iPhone Virus

This is why I never lend out my iPhone when I visit leper colonies:

An iPhone can get more germ-infested than a toilet in a subway bathroom, according to new research.

In fact, the glass touch screens on mobile devices are so good at spreading viruses that sharing them may be almost as bad as sneezing in someone’s face, a study published in the Journal of Microbial Biology found.

“If you’re sharing the device, then you’re sharing your influenza with someone else who touches it,” Timothy Julian, a Stanford University doctoral student who co-authored the study, told the Sacramento Bee.

“If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said.

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