So what should you worry about? Bird flu? Don’t worry unless you like your chicken so fresh you raise your own. How about the bubonic plague? Don’t worry unless you cuddle with prairie dogs. So what** should** you worry about?


Well, do you own a cellphone? Then you need to concern yourself with a high-priority bacteria and virus. Here’s what we found in Men’s Health magazine:

What’s lurking on your cellphone? Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. That’s typically called MRSA and it’s like a staph infection on steroids. It’s resistant to a lot of antibiotics and it can be deadly if it enters your blood stream. It’s usually found in locker rooms and hospitals. But when the University of Arizona tested cellphones, 20% came up positive for MRSA! But think about it – when was the last time you cleaned your cellphone? Probably never.

But every time you dial or type a text message, you’re transferring germs from your fingers to your phone to your mouth. So how can you protect yourself? Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba to the rescue. The author of The Germ Freak’s Guide says you should wipe it down once a week with a Clorox disinfecting wipe. It doesn’t matter which brand – but use a wipe, not a spray so it doesn’t get into the inner workings of the phone. And for the ultra-germ-freaks like me, get Motorola’s i870 phone, which is treated with an antimicrobial powder coating. That inhibits the growth of bacteria.

And if you use a friend’s phone – wash your hands and face afterward. At best, you could get a pimple on your chin from their oily bacteria-filled phone – at worst you could get MRSA. So disinfect yourself accordingly.