Hygiene Campaign Focuses on Cleaning Cell Phones

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Mobile health awareness campaign launched by cell phone accessory manufacturer encourages new hygiene practices; more studies warn of growing infection risk from personal electronics.

CleenCell® Wipes, makers of pre-moistened towelletes for cell phones and smartphones, has announced the launch of MobileHygiene.org, an awareness campaign focused specifically on the health effects of using a cell phone covered in germs.

A recent Stanford study published in The Journal of Applied Microbiology, found cell phones, the most handled electronic device over 220,000,000 Americans come in contact with everyday, are infected on average with more virulent bacteria than a public toilet or door knob. The study cautions users of touch-screen devices such as iPhones, many Android phones and iPads of dire infection risks, a wise tip as tech-happy consumers gear up for flu season and a holiday season that will be dominated with electronic gifts. (1)

“This is a growing health problem for cell phone and smartphone owners,” says CleenCell® CEO Nima Sharifi. “We now see many vulnerable groups using cell phones all day, such as doctors, pregnant women, and teens and young adults. Through MobileHygiene.org we are seeking collaborations with the infectious disease and health care communities to raise awareness, spur research, and ultimately develop infection prevention guidelines for specific industries like hospitals, restaurants, and offices, as well as for individuals and families.”

Among the bacteria found in many microbial tests of cell phones, the staph bug, salmonella, E.coli, even the super germ MRSA has been detected at alarming rates. (2)

"Awareness on how and when to handle a mobile phone from a hygiene standpoint is increasingly necessary, and that's the discussion we are starting with the Mobile Hygiene Movement," explains Sharifi, who is also a licensed California attorney.

Medical professionals, infectious disease specialists and other organizations in health and wellness communities who wish to collaborate with the Mobile Hygiene Movement can contact info(at)mobilehygiene(dot)org.

About CleenCell® / Cell Phone Wipes, Inc.
Cell Phone Wipes, Inc. is a pioneer in mobile phone cleaning solutions. The company manufactures CleenCell® Wipes, single packed pre-moistened cloths infused with disinfectant solution that are streak and scratch-free, and designed specifically to be safe for cell phones and compact electronics. Its headquarters is in Los Angeles, CA.

(1) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2013163763_webgerms15.html
(2) http://www.ann-clinmicrob.com/content/8/1/7

Maria Ruelas, PR
Cell Phone Wipes, Inc.
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