SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) – The flu has been spreading fast across the country this year, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that in fact, this year’s flu outbreak is one of the worst in a decade.

Viruses are known to live on inanimate objects like phones, particularly in colder climates and seasons (because heat kills viruses), so we need to be aware of who we share or pass our phone to. With flu season in full swing, it’s crucial to keep our phones germ-free.

These days people take their phones with them everywhere they go, from the gym to the bathroom and then to the dinner table and even to bed. Throughout your day, you inevitably shake hands, touch doorknobs and staircase railings — and then you touch your phone and put it against your face.