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Can I borrow your handkerchief?

24th November 2022

It sounds crazy doesn’t it?  There’s no way nearly three years after the emergence of Covid that we would even consider doing something that would put us at risk of picking up germs or viruses from another person, even if they seem perfectly healthy.  Not for a moment would we consider putting something someone could have sneezed or coughed on anywhere near our faces would we?

And yet in practice, there are things we do which are just as risky and not that dissimilar. Research from the University of Arizona reported in Time magazine in 2017 showed that our mobile phones can easily be receptacles for germs, bacteria and viruses.  In fact, our mobile phones can be ten times as dirty as a toilet seat!

Recent studies have shown that our mobile phones can be home to some serious pathogens, germs and bacteria including Streptococcus, MRSA and Coronavirus.

Yet how many of us leave our phones out on desks, pub tables, kitchen worktops etc. and then pick them up and lift them to our faces to make or take a call?  It’s not just our own phones either; we happily let other people push their phones in our faces to watch the latest TikTok video, or some other exciting content.

Whilst the peak of the Covid pandemic is hopefully well behind us, it hasn’t gone away.  Recently, it was reported by the BBC that cases had risen again to over 1 million and hospital admissions were also rising.  Of course, it’s not just Covid we need to think about.  Many health experts are warning of an influenza epidemic this winter and anyone who has had ‘flu (not the male version) will know that it’s a pretty unpleasant experience.  Add to that the common cold, plus any other bugs doing the rounds and suddenly our mobile phones might make a borrowed handkerchief look a less risky proposition.  The Zoe Health study recently stated that three times as many people have cold symptoms as covid.

What can we do to mitigate this risk to our health?  One option is to keep our mobile phones covered up, in our pockets or bags, but it probably isn’t realistic to think we can change our habits so easily.   A better option is to protect our mobile phones and prevent them gathering the pathogens that we could pick up from them.

Of course, we can and do clean them every now and again, but usually when the screen is covered in fingerprints and needs a wipe to make it easier to see.  Undoubtedly this will help, but it’s only removing some of what is on the surface at that moment, and will soon start collecting more germs again.

What if we could apply a wipe that would quickly kill and neutralise these dangerous pathogens?  And what if we could apply a coating so thin it is invisible that would carry on killing and neutralising these pathogens for at least a week after application?  Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

Well, the good news is that we can do that right now!  The Protectology Liquid Glass Phone Screen Sanitiser not only sanitises your phone screen, but will continue to protect it for 7-10 days after application. 

“The wipe creates an ultra-thin layer of glass, which is 500 times thinner than a human hair, on your mobile phone screen which also contains anti-pathogens which are effective against many threats to our health including coronavirus, HIV, Ebola and Influenza” says Paul Fairhurst, Director at Protectology,  A full list of the pathogens covered by the phone sanitiser can be found here.

Each pack of wipes contains 12 sachets, at a cost of just £9.99, which works out at less than £1 per week for protection and peace of mind.  Protectology can also provide bulk supplies to organisations such as care homes, GP surgeries or workplaces that wish to provide them to their staff and visitors.

Full product details can be found on the sanitiser product page of the website.