SOME touchscreens on tablet computers and smartphones carry many more germs than a toilet seat, say researchers.
The bacteria are left behind as users swipe the screens of devices such as Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets without washing their hands.
One tablet tested by the consumer group Which? had a count of 600 units per swab of the staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. A typical toilet seat has a staphylococcus aureus count of less than 20.
Which? also found entero-|bacteria, which can include strains of infections such as|E coli and salmonella.
More than 1 000 units of enterobacteria per swab were found on eight of the 30 tablets tested. Toilet seats had less than 10 units. -
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