Touchscreen germ concerns

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Do you wash your kids touchscreen devises? Well research shows that you should.

A recent study showed that parents are growing increasing concerned that their children are being increasingly exposed to infectious germs through their use of touchscreens such mobile phones and tablets.

In a recent consumer survey from Kastus, over 70% of respondents stated they were worried about using public touchscreens.

Alarmingly, the research conducted by the nano-technology company highlighted that smartphones, carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.

Yet 65% of people surveyed admitted to never cleaning their mobile phone.

“Touchscreens and smartphones are an ideal surface for bacteria to reproduce due to the heat they emit, harboring all kinds of germs that can easily thrive in those conditions,” John Browne, founder and chief executive of Kastus, said.

Key areas to address

Given that 90% of respondents with children under 12 regularly share their mobile with their child, phone screens are also a key area for manufacturers to address.

“There is a scientifically proven solution that will help manufacturers protect against the spread of bacteria, we just need to do more to encourage the widespread use of it as it delivers a very real control measure in the fight against antimicrobial infections.” he added.

Of those surveyed, over 80% stated they would actively seek out a business or establishment that offered a touchscreen with an invisible germ-free coating

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