The most dangerous thing about the plethora of cell phones are those idiots who are texting when they should be paying attention to traffic or how trains operate, right? Think again, paramecium-breath. The single most dangerous thing about so many cell phones in the world is not the few morons who not only can’t spell, but have forgotten that a phone can actually be used for talking to people. Nor is the biggest cell phone danger that of developing brain cancer because you use it. Most people with brains worth saving aren’t wasting their time talking on the phone. The biggest danger of so many cell phones in the world is the fact that so many people are transferring germs from one another. And some of these germs are even more hazardous to your health than getting all your information from Fox News.
E. Coli is a nasty little bugger that loves to call the human intestine its home. Contrary to popular opinion, E. Coli is not all bad like Charles Manson, but is actually a combination of good and bad, like an American soldier. E. Coli assists in breaking down the food inside your intestine. Sometimes, however, E. Coli goes rogue and the result is diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, fever and a visit to the emergency room. In some cases, the ER is a just a Stuckey’s on the way to the morgue. When you are inside a restaurant and you see some guy walking out of the restroom talking on his cell phone, you need to be very careful he’s not a cook. Chances are he spent more attention more on answering his phone than he did on washing his hands and there is a good to very good chance the newest app on his iPhone is one that is going to send E. Coli scrambling over everything he touches for the next few minutes. Let’s put it this way: If some neglects to wash their hands in the bathroom in favor of answering a phone and then hands you that phone…well, E. Coli may be traveling right from the receiver into your mouth as it heads to its favorite resting place.
Bacteria commonly known as Group A Streptococcus gets passed around when someone sneezes or coughs. All that is required from Streptococcus to cause some pain and inflict some injury is to make contact with another person. This bacterium enters your system and infects the throat. Think of how often you have coughed or sneezed while talking on your cell phone the next time you borrow a phone from a friend.
Another famous germ is salmonella. If you eat a food infected with salmonella you can expect to spend a very unpleasant night or two with the hot poops, cramps and fever. If not treated, salmonella could be fatal. Simply put: beware of using any cell phone owned by a person who works in the restaurant industry.
Staph infections can potentially cause meningitis, blood poisoning and pneumonia. Staphylococcus aureus lives on the skin, but has a nice summer cottage inside your nose. Ever watch a person talking on a cell phone? Take a minute today and notice just how close the nose gets to the phone. Here is a piece of advice that you should cling to like a peach: never, ever, never, ever, never borrow a cell phone used buy someone who had a bloody nose. Don’t even touch it. Back in 2006, a microbiologist named Chuck Gerba tested 25 cell phones to determine the threat of catching a staph infection by using one. He found traces of the germ I like to call Staphy Graff growing on half of them. The dirtiest phone Gerba ever tested had between 10 and 50 million bacteria on them.
Texting while driving now looks like an even dumber idea, doesn’t it?