You come in contact with public touch screens all the time. But did you know that the infections that attack you after coming in contact in these touch screens are because of the contagious bacteria that live on them?
A recent study shows that public touch screens house bacteria. These bacteria are harmful for the health of a person as they can cause infections ranging from flu to other serious complications.
Immunity And Bacteria
The immune system protects the body against the attacks of dangerous bacteria and viruses. In other words, it the resistance or defense that the body puts up to block out infections, diseases, and ailments. A weakened immune system can give in to the attacks of bacteria and result in repeated sickness.
It is not able to ward off attacks of pathogens and reduce the length or severity of infections. To strengthen the immunity, some steps that one can take include eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising, and sleeping well.
Moreover, one can also boost his immune system, by avoiding overdosing on alcohol, keeping away from smoking, and maintaining a stable and healthy weight. To avoid attacks of harmful bacteria, one mustn’t forget to stay clean by frequently washing his hands, particularly before eating meals.
What the new study revealed
A new study by the London Metropolitan University, UK says that the public touch screens house several bacteria including those that come from human and animal feces. These bacteria are found in the human nose, mouth, throat, intestines, gut, and feces.
One of these is a bacterium called Enterococcus faecalis which comes from the gut. It can cause fever, diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, and headache. It can cause more serious complications as well such as UTIs and meningitis. Staph is another bacterium that can be found on touch screens.
This one can cause food poisoning, skin problems, etc. Yet another bacterium that is also found on public touch screens is listeria. Listeria can cause several diseases and if left untreated, it can also result in miscarriages and stillbirths.
Not only do most of these bacteria weaken the immune system but they are also resistant to most antibiotics. This is how they are able to open the doors to several infections. What’s more, these pathogens are also contagious.
What can be done about this?
You cannot take off all the public touch screens. What you can do to defend yourself is that you can take proper care of your hygiene. In this regard, you should thoroughly wash your hands and keep a hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Take home message
Bacteria lives on public touch screens. These bacteria hold the ability to have several negative implications on one’s health. They can damage immunity and cause serious health concerns. To avoid getting sick after getting in contact with such bacteria, you must keep your hands clean. For this purpose, it is necessary to make use of hand sanitizers.