Cell phones can increase your risk of catching the flu

Health

It’s that time of year, flu season. You might not know it, but your phone could be carrying the virus.

It’s been a busy flu season so far. The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 10 million people have been sick with flu.

The CDC expects flu activity to continue for several months and they recommend the flu vaccination and antiviral medications.

Lisa Rogers of Easthampton told 22News, “Get lots of rest, wash your hands several times a day with hand sanitizer and just do whatever you can to stay healthy.”

If you do have the flu or flu-like symptoms, the best thing to do is stay home, get plenty of rest, wash your hands. However, you also might want to consider cleaning your cell phone.

Viruses like the flu can survive on inanimate objects like cell phones, especially in colder weather. If you are sick, the CDC recommends cleaning your phone a couple times a day and not sharing your phone with others.

Linda McVey of Belchertown told 22News, “I clean my phone a couple times a day and I use a spray to get a little bit more off of it. If I touch other surfaces other people have been touching, I use some cleaner to get rid of it right away.”

AT&T suggests using your Bluetooth device or other hands-free headsets to minimize contact with your phone.

AT&T also suggests not spraying cleaner on the phone but instead of spraying it on a paper towel and then wiping your phone that way.

InFocus: Surviving the flu and cold season

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