Kirksville, Mo. — Experts say the most common ways the flu is spread is through person to person contact as well as from dirty hands that touch our face.
One of the most common items that people touch that is a hotbed for germs is your cell phone.
Cellphone users touch their phones on average over 2,500 times a day.
According to experts, viruses that cause influenza can survive on a hard surface like phones and keyboards for up to 48 hours.
To avoid the spread of germs, phone companies like US Cellular are offering some recommendations.
Make sure to clean your device frequently with a soft slightly damp lint-free cloth.
Use hands fee headsets and avoid using devices in the restroom.
According to the CDC, early detection and early response are key to preventing the spread of any disease, including the flu.
To help track flu outbreaks in your state throughout flu season, the CDC has an app called CDC Health and Fitness.
Smartphone users can also download an app called doctors on demand.
That app allows users to connect with board-certified physicians and doctoral-level therapists online over live-video from a smart phone or tablet within minutes.