During the meeting, Vice President of Events and senior Gill Wang explained that a recent study found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of high school students. Wang mentioned other studies, which have found serious pathogens on cell phones, including Streptococcus, MRSA and E. Coli.
In the lab, members were to clean their phones with four cleaning agents (microfiber cloth, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and 70 percent Isopropyl alcohol) and observe the growth of bacteria from phone over a five-day growth period to determine which cleaning agent was most efficient.
70% Isopropyl alcohol
Cleaning Agent #1: Microfiber Cloth
1. Use microfiber cloth to clean a section of the phone.
Cleaning Agent #2: Hand sanitizer
1. Squeeze hand sanitizer on a cotton round and clean a section of the phone.
Cleaning Agent #3: Disinfecting wipes
1. Use disinfecting wipe to clean a section of the phone
Cleaning Agent #4: 70 percent Isopropyl alcohol
1. Dip end of cotton swab into alcohol and clean the last section of the phone.
Lastly, label and place Petri dishes in the incubator to promote the growth of microbes.