Your Wristwatch May Harbor A Flourishing Microbial Ecosystem

And lo, as we have speculated, so it has come to pass. One of several experiments to take a stab at the issue was a partnership between NBC affiliate WPTV down in Boca Raton, Florida, who – also apparently struggling to fill the hours – went to the good folks at the Department Of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, and specifically, to Dr. Dieuto Esiobu (Ph.D. and human microbiome researcher) who swabbed 20 or so watches, made from various materials, from things like Fitbits all the way up to, apparently, a Gold Watch Not Otherwise Specified. What did the good doctor find? Well, just as with human skin, there were a wide range of different bacilli present including a couple which are potentially pathogenic, including strains of E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The doctor’s take? More here.

Well that’s a concern.

3 thoughts on “Your Wristwatch May Harbor A Flourishing Microbial Ecosystem

  1. That was totally expected, but well written. He made something potentially quite boring and obvious into an interesting read.

    I am, however, glad it wasn’t some sort of conspiracy theory. Maybe this time about how modern wristwatches are the cause of COVID-19 or something inexplicably daft like that, with a map showing multi-coloured dots on it which proves that where people happen to wear a lot of smartwatches are also the places where there are higher numbers of Corona cases, thus providing an obvious link between the two! 😄

  2. I suppose one could argue that it’s a surface and like any surface can be a place where the virus settles. That said, as an uneducated observer, I think the risk levels are pretty low. Same with your phone, glasses, etc. In fact your glasses are probably a slightly higher risk because they’re in line of sight with other people’s mouths and noses. But we haven’t seen a study on that.

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