Doctors’ phones teeming with dangerous organisms: Australian study

They should be considered a 'third hand' and subject to WHO hand hygiene guidance, RACGP Professor Mark Morgan and his co-authors say

Doctors’ mobile phones pose a serious risk to public health, Australian researchers have warned, after their study found their devices are teeming with viruses, bacteria and fungi.

For the study the Bond University-led researchers swabbed the phones of 26 healthcare workers, including eight doctors, from the paediatric ICU and paediatric department of the Gold Coast University Hospital.