How unhygienic is it to use your smartphone on the toilet?

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Do you swipe before you wipe? Many of us might be tempted to check our smartphones while using the toilet, but microbiologists aren’t sure that’s the most hygienic of habits. Experts say the answer depends on how you handle hygiene as a whole, given the fact that your smartphone is an extension of your hand, in a way. “If you go to your smartphone with hands that are contaminated by faecal bacteria, of course they end up there,” says Markus Egert, Professor of Microbiology and Hygiene at Furtwangen University, who is researching precisely this topic. However, if you thoroughly wash your hands …

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