Clean your smartphone with disinfectant wipes as coronavirus precaution

Since the recent coronavirus outbreak, everyone has been recommended to wash/sanitize their hands regularly. However, it is reported by many health organizations that it is important to disinfect your smartphones, the same as you sanitize your hands. This is because the coronavirus can live for days on a smartphone, rendering your hand sanitization routine useless.

The coronavirus spreads with contact and coughing, and hands are the most common parts of the body that come into contact with surfaces or other people that may hold the coronavirus. Even though we sanitize our hands, the items we use regularly on a day-to-day basis still has a risk of holding the virus. It has even been reported by TIME Magazine that a phone is “10 times dirtier than a toilet seat,” due to the amount of bacteria lurking on it.

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Apple has just released a statement that you can use disinfecting wipes such as Clorox to sanitize your iPhone, and the same should be done with other smartphones. It is important to clean your hands before and after touching things in a public place, such as door handles, shopping carts, etc. Even your phone has to be sanitized, at least once a day.

“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces,” Apple’s website says. “Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.” The update to Apple’s site was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Make sure that you wipe slowly and carefully near porous areas such as the speakers, charging ports, and cameras, such that the liquid doesn’t enter the device.

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