Coronavirus: How to keep your smartphone and tablet clean

With the scale of Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly evolving worldwide, extra precautions are needed to keep ourselves safe and prevent infection. As well as washing our hands regularly, experts suggest we should clean our phones and tablets, too, says in an article UK’s telecommunication giant, Vodafone.

The average person touches their phone 2,600 times a day, according to technology researcher Dscout, and uses it around 76 times each day.

So even if we follow the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and wash our hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, we still might be at risk.

This is because the virus can survive for hours or even days outside the body, the WHO says.  Professor Mike Barer from the University of Leicester told Metro UK that any surface that has been contaminated by coughing, sneezing, or even breathing is potentially infectious.

So even if you’ve just washed your hands you could still become infected if you touch your contaminated smartphone then your face.

“That is a potential route of infection,” Prof William Keevil, from the University of Southampton, told The Telegraph.

Cleaning your gadgets obviously makes sense. And here’s how:

Soap and water

Dr Lena Ciric, a microbiologist at University College London told the BBC that simple household soap and water is enough to remove most germs and viruses from smartphones.

Most phone makers say using chemicals, hand gels and abrasive wipes could damage the screen’s protective coating.

Dampening a microfiber cloth with water and soap then gently wiping the hard surfaces of your phone – taking care to avoid the charging port and other openings – is enough to kill most microbial organisms. Buff the phone dry with another clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Alcohol wipes

Last week, Apple updated its guidelines on how to clean its products and suggested that a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, or a disinfectant wipe like a Clorox sheet, could be used to wipe the hard surfaces of its products.

You can buy these wipes easily online.

Apple made it clear that it is important not to get any liquid in the charging port or other porous areas like speakers.

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus: How to keep your smartphone and tablet clean

  1. Hi Ardi, it’s absolutely insane how many times we touch our phones during the quarantine. I found your post very interesting and scary too. We should take a break from technology, but if I don’t use this time for my social media/blog… Then when? I normally work full time in hospitality and hours are crazy. Stay safe

    1. It is a horrible time for all of us. It is not just the germs on gadgets, are eyes are at risk too. We should try to have a balance, and while bearing in mind that blogging keeps us busy in the time of self-isolation, our health is important too!

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