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Can Your Cell Phone Be Making You Sick?
PUBLISHED: Apr 23, 2013

Have you ever wondered if your cell phone is making you sick?  In October 2012, it was reported in the Wall St. Journal by Caroline Porter that yes, your cell phone can pass along germs that could make you ill.  People are taking their cell phones everywhere these days – to the gym, to the rest rooms, to the dinner table, to bed and under their pillows even! And because of this, they are also taking the bacteria they pick up along the way with them.  Your phone shares a closeness with your mouth, eyes, nose and ears and the bacteria that can cause flu, diarrhea and pink eye are going along for the ride.  One doctor in the Wall St. Journal article is quoted as saying “People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom.”

So how do we keep our cell phones clean?  What doctors recommend and what device makers suggest for phone sanitizing do not appear to line up. Alcohol cleans nearly 100% of the bacteria off of a phone and plain water is probably the least effective. However, phone manufacturers don’t tell you what coating is on the phone and if alcohol will strip the coatings or damage the phone screens. Gorilla Glass has said that their screen has an easy to clean coating that will survive repeated cleanings of alcohol wipes, waterless sanitizers or Windex, but does not make any claims on how it will affect the smartphone itself afterwards.  Wireless cell phone companies advise against using most household cleaners though and most manufacturers do not carry an official policy on cleaning methods.  Some tech savvy geeks have recommended a UV disinfectant wand because the light rays can kill germs without touching the screen.  So HPA’s advice is to be cautious with whichever method you ultimately choose and do your best to remain healthy!

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  • Redesigned a not-for-profit organization’s telecommunications system in five cities by implementing new services and pricing and auditing telephone bills. The savings paid for all new telephone equipment in less than two years.
  • Manage the communications network for a regional hospital in central New York. HPA has lowered the costs for the hospital and at the same time implemented a more up-to-date network with more functionality and redundancy.
  • Designed and implemented a Call Center for a Benefit Company in Rochester. Project resulted in drastic improvements in customer service.
  • Planned and designed a new voice and data network for a Law Firm with six locations in New York State.

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