This year, we've seen the worst flu season in many years. In fact, because of the type of flu strain that appears to have reached near-epic status, of those who received a flu vaccine, only six out of ten will avoid getting the flu. The good news is if you do get the vaccine and still contract the flu, your symptoms are said to be much milder. Even so, no one wants to be down and out for a week to ten days with this type of illness, so it's important to protect yourself as much as you can. That means frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your face as much as possible, and taking extra precautions to clean the air and surfaces you come in contact with on a regular basis. That includes using anti-bacterial wipes on your desk and phone at work, and making sure you have a clean cell phone screen too.
How Do You Get The Flu?
Experts believe that you get the flu by coming into contact with someone who has the flu. If that person sneezes or coughs, the germs travel through the air and the tiny droplets land in your nose or mouth, gross. However, those airborne water droplets can also land on the surfaces around you. This is the 'viral' part of the sickness and it happens very easily. The statistics demonstrate a need for additional precautions to be taken, including cleaning things you touch regularly. One of those things is definitely your cell phone.
Maintain A Clean Cell Phone Screen
During flu season, you might want to avoid allowing a stranger or even a friend to use your cell phone, which is pretty good advice all the time actually. However, keeping your cell phone fairly sequestered will not keep it free from any particles that might be in the air. There are various companies that have made it easier for you to make sure you have a clean cell phone screen during flu season with screen cleaners. The two most popular product on the market are Microfiber Cloths, which can be erected right in your purse, pocket, or drawer in your desk and are microfiber patches of cloth, and Screen Cleaner Stickers, which are microfiber cloths that adhere to the back of your phone for easy access.
The Microfiber Cloths can be tossed into your washing machine periodically to ensure that they stay clean. Simply wash with like other common materials, and avoid bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets for the best results. Sticky Screen Cleaners are an easier alternative because they attach to your phone itself, and they usually come in a variety of designs. These can be washed by hand in a sink with some gentle soap.
You use your cell phone during the day quite a bit, touching it to your face and hands and checking it constantly. Even if you set it down on a table, or leave it in your open purse, airborne germs can come into contact with it. Microfiber is a great choice for cleaning your cell phone because it uses an electrical charge to attract and remove particles, dirt, and germs.
Take a look at some of the products that are out there, as there are many great options that can help you stay well this season.