Coronavirus: How to clean your phone to help protect against COVID-19
Don't forget to thoroughly clean and disinfect your phone!
As the coronavirus menace continues across the world and thousands are getting infected with COVID-19, it has become the norm to keep your hands clean and off your face. We're all busy washing our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and when we're not washing our hands, we're using alcohol-based hand santisers at regular intervals.
But what about the things which touch our face a lot and yet can't be washed with soap? Yes, I'm talking about your smartphone.
Studies have found that the novel coronavirus may be able to survive on some surfaces for up to nine days. In that case your favourite smartphone can very well become a petri dish for the deadly coronavirus, because it's what The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a high-touch surface, making it a possible carrier for the virus.
So how to clean and disinfect your delicate smartphone?
Disinfect your phone: Wipes, not pure alcohol
If you touch your phone after touching a public door handle or grocery cart, you may immediately think to clean it with rubbing alcohol. Don't. Straight alcohol can strip the oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings that keep oil and water from damaging your display and other ports.
Some websites suggest creating a mix of alcohol and water yourself, but it's crucial to get the concentration right. Get it wrong and you could damage your phone. The safest bet is to use disinfectant wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean your phone screen.
Apple says it's okay to use wipes and others with similar concentrations. Samsung hasn't commented on whether wipes are completely safe to use disinfectant wipes on its phones.
Apple suggests that you avoid using spray cleaners or heavy-duty products. Don't use bleach, because you need your phone clean, but still functional.
Don't forget your phone case, headphones, and other accessories.
Clean accessories also
Cleaning your unibody phone isn't enough; you must also take the time to disinfect your petri dish of a phone case and accessories such as AirPods, headphones, or any VR devices that you may use.
Stick to disinfectant wipes to clean these as well, but remember your phone case or headphones tend to be way dirtier and germ-filled than your phone itself. So extra care towards those curves and ridges can go a long way.