Did you know that your phone could be harboring the coronavirus?
What do we do? We clean and disinfect!
Here is a link to cleaning and disinfecting instructions on how to properly clean and disinfect surfaces potentially contaminated with COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfecting. Please read specific brand phone recommendations below before disinfecting your phone to ensure you are not damaging your phone.
Apple recommends using 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox wipes to effectively clean the exterior of iPhones. Before cleaning the device, make sure it is switched off and unplugged. If the wipes do not successfully clean the phone, Apple suggests using a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a lens cloth, with warm soapy water to clean the phone while avoiding getting moisture in the openings, such as the headphone jack or charging port. Apple said 'don't submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.'
Samsung advises its customers of a similar procedure. The company also recommends using a lint-free microfiber cleaning cloth to gently wipe the device. They recommend consumers use a disinfectant that contains at least 70% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, but that these solutions should not be applied directly to the phone.
"Before you reach for your household cleaner, the companies warn not all cleaning products are suitable for mobile devices. Products to avoid include bleach, hand sanitizer, cleaning products like Lysol sprays and compressed air. It is important to use a soft cloth as Apple says abrasive materials will diminish the coating and might scratch the phone."
Keep cleaning and disinfecting at your homes!
So far, research has shown that the virus is transmitted through droplets in the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs as well as through the droplets of asymptomatic individuals that are carrying the virus. Scientists are racing to find a vaccine and even treatment for the virus. Thus far, research has shown that the virus can live up to 3 days on surfaces. This means that your phone, computer, refillable water bottle, coffee mug, and many more items can be harboring the coronavirus for up to 3 days after you last touched it. (Read more here)