Your phone is crawling with germs and feces (Yeah, feces!) and is much dirtier than you think it is. During coronavirus pandemics, the CDC in the U.S. recommends disinfecting all surfaces, including phones, regularly.
Standard cleaning products that can be used to disinfect other surfaces can damage phones and damage the phone itself. This is why it is useful to have some sanitising wipes for this job.
As we all know, getting your phone wet with sprays and water can destroy it. It is also dangerous as there is a lot of energy stored in the battery and it can become volatile when wet.
Clean your phone, especially during the pandemic
The Wall Street Journal spoke to several infection experts who have admitted to not cleaning their phones lately. Most have not considered the possibility of spreading coronavirus pandemics from phone to phone and therefore person to person.
So, it’s not just you who hasn’t thought to do this.
According to a study published in early February, the COVID-19 virus would cause up to 1,000 deaths a day in the US, this is according to the CDC. We now know that the virus has been far deadlier than that, making cleanliness and mitigation more important.
We’re Still Learning
Although the study did not examine how easily coronaviruses can be transferred from contaminated surfaces to a person’s hands, or how often this happens, the authors have taken care to include phones on the list of surfaces to be disinfected.
While we still don’t have an accurate estimate of how many germs live on the surfaces of our popular mobile devices, scientists say the virus can remain active on the phone for up to two to three days, according to the CDC.
Smartphone users touch their phones an average of 2,617 times a month (as an estimate from other research).
Studies have already shown how long coronavirus COVID-19 can live on other surfaces.
Because it can live on any surface, cell phones could be a possible cause of the spread of disease, according to the CDC.
We all wash our hands religiously now…..
Coronavirus pandemics certainly seem to have taught people to wash their hands thoroughly before visiting public places and to touch their faces less often.
While the most common way to get infected with the virus is by direct contact with someone who carries it, it can also be transmitted to your phone if someone coughs, sneezes or even just talks to you on near the phone.
However, not everyone catches it and it is certainly less prevalent when disinfecting one’s phone.
It is especially important to those of us who use our phones hundreds of times a day and who often touch our faces. (So basically everyone then)
Other Disinfecting Methods and Tips
Experts give tips on how to clean your phone properly to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. We explain why it is important to clean your smartphone, what to do and how to do it right, and explain why it matters and what benefits it has to offer.
Use a protective case for your phone or device and try your best to remove the dust without damaging your sensitive display.
If you are using a phone with a removable case, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G3, you should remove the case before cleaning.
Alternatively, you can use advanced cleaning systems such as UVC sterilisation units to disinfect the air and surfaces/devices.
These devices such as phones are sometimes referred to as “high-touch devices” and during pandemics they are commonly used and not necessarily operated by a single user, but by so many who are at home.
During the closures caused by concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, people don’t always leave their own devices in the house, including phones, tablets, laptops, computers, and other electronic devices.
We also know that viruses like flu and colds can last from a few hours to a week on hard surfaces. They can also be transmitted through contact with blood, saliva or other bodily fluids such as saliva, urine, feces and saliva.
Bacteria is in High Quantities on Phones….
This means that it is important to regularly disinfect and clean the phone to protect it from coronavirus. Smartphones have a thin protective layer that protects them from the screen and from fingerprints and scratches.
Although there are studies showing that the surface of a phone can contain more bacteria than a toilet seat (yes, really) , some people are reluctant to clean their phones for fear of damaging their phone.
In addition to cleaning your phone, there are also steps you can take to prevent it getting dirty at all, such as washing your hands before you use it.
Schmidt says that when using a public toilet before making a phone call, make sure the phone is deep in your pocket. While it may be tempting to kill time with a mobile phone in the toilet (88 percent of respondents admitted to this in a 2019 survey), you should avoid taking it to the bathroom, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
If possible, you might want to use speakers or headphones with a microphone, as they come from Apple, Google or Samsung.
If you are not worried about coronavirus, cleaning your phone can get rid of other germs, but don’t put something covered in so many germs to your face.
Because mouth openings and eyes are the main entry points for the disease, clean phones are also freed from any other pathogen.
It is therefore proposed that users disinfect their mobile devices with antibacterial wipes twice a day.
UVC Light as a Disinfectant
UV-C light purifiers are designed to disinfect smartphones with short-wave ultraviolet light to break down germs and DNA. The company that developed the device claims it is capable of killing 99.99 per cent of household germs.
It is now clear how effective this is against coronaviruses, and the company that developed it claims that this device is capable of killing 99 to 99 cents of all household germs.