Our phones just keep getting smarter.
With so many capabilities that most of us don’t even know are there.
Particularly this one, which all new phones have.
The lifesaver app
Maybe the most important one of all –because it could save your life. Actually prevent you from succumbing to that unknown dreadful illness you would never have known was there.
Seems only weeks ago that we jumped up and down, demanding that with all the super-advanced technology floating around there should be an app that stops us getting sick.
And here we are – more fool us – it’s been on our phones all the time. Like wow.
Even more incredible is that this app is active all the time. Including sleep mode, or when the battery is dead – and even when your phone is TURNED OFF.
First time experience?
If you haven’t discovered it yet, try this.
Without doing anything, hold your phone up to the light. You may have to angle it around to get the strongest reading, but it’s there.
You’ll see it’s obvious, all over the glass – a dull cloudiness, smears and finger marks.
A very useful indicator this. Subtle too, so that anyone looking over your shoulder cannot see the message. It’s discreet and avoids embarrassment. A priceless life-saving hygiene alert.
Because those marks on the glass is your phone reminding you that you need to wash your hands.
That screen is very sensitive see – well of course, it works by touch. And it makes the invisible – visible. Every contact we make with unwashed hands shows up as a mark – not necessarily of dirt, because our hands LOOK clean.
Dirt in disguise
Uh huh. Maybe that’s why we all forget to wash our hands as often as we should. Appearances are deceptive. We THINK we’re clean, but we’re not.
Because every smudge, streak, smear and stain on that phone screen is actually a germ trace – direct evidence from our fingers of the billions of invisible viruses and bacteria that surround us all the time. A visible signature of the ones we haven’t had an opportunity to wash off yet.
OK, so wipe the screen off and start again. Better still, clean your phone first – believe it or not, there’s at least 25,000 germs per square inch on there – more than in a toilet. Better wash your own hands as well, of course.
Touch the phone with clean fingers – and hey presto! Nary a sign of anything, the screen stays mirror perfect. Visible proof your hands are germ-free.
A hugely useful app, this. Because those marks also remind you of the germs lurking wherever you keep your phone – transferring to other things around it. The compact in your handbag, your purse, the make-up you carry around with you – your credit cards, pens, hairclips, scrunchies.
Oops. And that’s another hygiene hint worth, taking.
To clean out your bag and everything in it regularly – wipe them all down with a sterile wipe. Before any germs transfer back to your fingers – and of course, show up on your phone again.
Are you sure you’re safe?
Really jolts you into thinking about hygiene, hey?
Because the same applies to everywhere you put your fingers.
In your pockets, in your gloves. And all the other places you can’t sterilise that you also touch during the day. Grab handles on the bus, doorknobs, countertops, computer keyboards, your office phone.
There are germ traces on them too, but you just can’t see them. Some from you and some from other people. And what have THEY touched that might affect you? When did THEY last wash THEIR hands?
Makes you think before you bite into that doughnut with the mug of coffee at your desk, doesn’t it?
Better check first. Does your phone say it’s OK to touch the food you put in your mouth?
And in the countdown between your coffee break and lunch, while you’re touching all those other things – documents from other people, packages from outside, the photocopier – will you remind yourself to wash your hands afterwards?
Should you set an alarm? Not to say it’s lunch time, but to remind you to wash your hands before you nosh? BEFORE you zoom out for the brie, tomato and basil baguette – which you can never seem wait to scoff because your tummy’s always growling already?
If not an alarm, check your phone anyway. After you’ve cleaned it of course.
Is it safe?
Are the germs gone? No germ traces? MIrror smooth?
With a brilliant app like this, you don’t want to come down with something when it’s so easy not to.