How to Avoid Getting Sick from Your Smartwatch

A study by Florida Atlantic University found that 95% of tested smartwatch wristbands carry potentially harmful bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Enterobacteria, and Pseudomonas. Rubber and plastic bands were the most contaminated, while metal bands (especially gold and silver) had fewer bacteria. The study emphasizes the need for regular cleaning of wearables, as these pathogens can lead to diseases like abscesses and pneumonia. Lysol spray and ethanol mix were effective disinfectants, killing 99.9% of bacteria within 30 seconds. The findings highlight the importance of maintaining hygiene for all devices in regular contact with the skin.

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