NEW YORK (AP) — You’re washing your hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus.
You may calm also wash that extension of your hand and breeding floor for germs — your phone. Tests performed by scientists demonstrate that the virus can live for 2 to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The Centers for Disease Regulate and Prevention recommends cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces daily, including telephones, keyboards and tablet computers.
But cleaning your phone improperly can damage it. You want to avoid getting moisture inside it or scratching the surface. Don’t spray cleaners immediately on the phone, don’t dunk it in cleaning solutions, don’t spray it with compressed-air gadgets used to clean keyboards and avoid rubbing it with abrasive materials.
Instead, start by turning off the phone and unplugging all cables. Your phone shouldn’t be charging as you clean.
You can use Clorox wipes or wipes with 70% alcohol, which you can get at the drugstore, to wipe down your phone. Apple, which has cautioned against using household cleaners on its telephones, says to carry out that “gently.” AT&T has further instructed wringing out disinfectant wipes ahead of using them on a phone.
You can also use soft cloths to clean the phone, fancy a microfiber cleaning fabric or the cloths used to clean your glasses. Google says you can dip the fabric in soap and water, as long as you’re careful no longer to get moisture in the phone. AT&T says paper towels work, too. You can spray them with disinfectant. Again, don’t spray the phone itself.
The phone-cleaning step is one in every of many measures public-health authorities are recommending to try to sluggish the spread of the virus, which has infected 137,000 folks worldwide. Extra than 5,000 have died. Most patients have handiest gentle or moderate symptoms, however the aged and folks with existing health prerequisites are particularly vulnerable.