It is well established in infection prevention practice that surfaces in hospital rooms are continually contaminated by infectious pathogens. The sources of these dangerous pathogens range from people who enter the room with contaminated hands and compromised clothing, from contaminated instruments and items that are brought in and out of the room like personal and enterprise issued mobile devices, and from the patient themselves.
TheNew York Timesrecently published a great article entitled“Cleaning the Mobile Germ Warehouse”that does a great job of emphasizing all of the grime that builds up on your mobile devices and the germs that come with that.
Frontline recently released a documentary called “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” It details the accounts of three separate stories, happening in completely different parts of the world at the same time.
People often use the terms "cleaning" and "disinfection" interchangeably in everyday conversation. While each of these terms refers to a method of decontamination, they have significantly different meanings.