As you grapple with the rapidly spreading COVID-19, you’ll want to pay special attention to surfaces that could transmit it. Experts worry that the new coronavirus might live on surfaces for up to several days, and for up to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces (and up to three hours in the air). Unfortunately, We don’t have much information about how long viruses remain infectious on cell phones. Environmental conditions do affect this a lot
Your cell phone has plenty of germs
It’s not surprising your phone is practically a petri dish for germs. Everywhere you go, your phone goes with you, and so do the surrounding germs. out of 25 mobile phones studied, 92 percent were contaminated with bacteria.
Even with a spotlessly clean phone, social distancing is still necessary. But with COVID-19 cases multiplying exponentially, keeping your phone germ-free is vital.
Disinfect your cell phone daily
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people should regularly “clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.” They specifically call out electronics including cell phones, computers, touch screens, and remote controls.
Their advice: put a wipeable cover on electronics, follow your manufacturers’ cleaning and disinfecting recommendations, and in the absence of instructions, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays with at least alcohol before drying surfaces thoroughly.
We have always been too lax about cleaning our phones and now it is more important than ever, You should disinfect and clean your cell phone every time you wash or sanitize your hands. And definitely anytime you pick it up and put it to your face if you have set it down on a potentially contaminated
How to clean your cell phone
two options to clean and disinfect your phone. They recommend cleaning phones with water and light soap, or using isopropyl alcohol wipes. When using wipes, avoiding open ports or openings, and to finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
How to clean your cell phone case
Cleaning and disinfecting practices are slightly different when it comes to phone cases. Unlike most phones, which are made up of glass and metal, phone cases can be made of plastic, silicone, or natural leather. For example, if you have a silicone iPhone case, Apple recommends removing the iPhone from its case first and then using a slightly damp lint-free cloth for wiping both the outside and inside of the case These tips can also be applied to other non-Apple cases too.
Can disinfectants damage your cell phone?
Phones have something called an oleophobic layer, which is a thin, oil-repelling material that helps resist fingerprint smudges and greasiness. It was previously thought that alcohol-based disinfecting agents would damage this smudge-resistant coating. However, as previously mentioned, phone manufacturers have revised their guidelines during COVID-19 to recommend the use of disinfecting wipes. But keep in mind, as per Apple’s advice, chemicals like bleach can be too harsh and lead to screen damage.
Overall, all manufacturer websites agree that you should stay away from compressed air devices. This could damage the inside of your phone.
Wear gloves and keep washing your hands
consider wearing gloves when planning to handle chemicals to clean your device. Don’t forget to remove the phone from its case. This is especially important if your case is made of leather—and to wipe the case itself down, too, if it’s a material like plastic, steel, or rubber. Let the cleaning solution dry fully before putting your case back on.
Once you’re completely done, throw away the gloves and wash your hands. A clean phone surface doesn’t do much good if your hands are coming into contact with germs shortly after. And, critically, in-between hand washings, make sure to keep your hands away from your face.