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Tips to avoid getting the flu from your mobile phone

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With the flu season in full swing, it's important to keep the things around us germ-free.

Viruses are known to live on inanimate object like doorknobs and staircase railings. Then we touch our phones and even put them against our face.

AT&T has given some tips on how to avoid catching the flu from you mobile phone.

Consider getting a flu shot. If you're sick and experiencing flu symptoms, don't share your phone and stay home to avoid infecting others. Keep your germs to yourself. 

Avoid sick people. If you share your phone with friends or family be careful, you may be sharing more than just your phone, you may be spreading a virus.

Wash your hands frequently. Sing a verse from a familiar song (e.g., "Happy Birthday") while lathering and rinsing. Don't rush. If soap and water are not available to wash hands then use disinfectant like hand sanitizer.

Wash your phone. If you think it has been contaminated, disinfect your phone. Use a wrung-out disinfectant wipe or spray a paper towel with disinfectant. Don't spray the phone. (Remember that washing your hands and then touching a dirty phone or keypad is self limiting).

Try using a Bluetooth device or other hands-free headset, minimizing your keypad-to-face exposure.

Don't use your phone in a restroom. Some things can wait.

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