Health Desk- May 19, 2020: Mobile phones are a pathway for coronavirus transmission and are likely to a be a ‘Trojan horse’ carrying the disease into your home without your knowledge, a Dubai Police scientist told Gulf News on Sunday.
Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 4.6 million to date, the scientist said phones were a major source of spread and contamination.
Major Dr. Rashid Al Ghafri, Director of Training and Development at the General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology at Dubai Police, conducted research with a group of scientists at a number of Australian universities that proved mobile phones represent a pathway for microbial transmission including COVID-19.
“We analyzed different mobile phones and found hundreds of microbes on their surfaces,” said Al Ghafri.
According to the research, this transfer of pathogens on phones poses a serious health concern among people as the infection may be spreading via phones within workplaces, on public transport, cruise ships, and in airplanes.
“Mobile phones generate heat while using and it stimulates the microbes to stay for longer and reproduce. Phones are likely to assist the spread of viruses including coronavirus,” he added.
The group of scientists reviewed all the studies and journals that analyzed microbes found on mobile phones before publishing research conclusions in the Journal of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease.