COVID-19: WASH YOUR HANDS & Keep your Devices Clean

“The surface of your phone could host the coronavirus if you come in contact with it,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a professor of health science at Ball State University, when he spoke to the Huffington Post.

“We spend at least two hours daily touching the phone,” he said. Some statistics suggest it might even be more. “It clearly becomes a vehicle of transmission, especially when people share phones.”

First, to keep yourself safe, wash your hands frequently ― then think about your phone. Current research on COVID-19 shows it’s most likely to be spread person-to-person through droplets, mucus or saliva.

After that, the virus is more likely to spread via hard surfaces like your phone or a door knob than soft surfaces like carpet.

Here are some key tips to keep your device extra clean during the Coronavirus outbreak:

1. Check with the manufacturer’s website of your device for the best cleaning methods

2. Turn off any electronics and unplug all connections before cleaning (remove batteries from anything with a removable battery).

3. Disinfecting wipes will work fine for most devices – don’t soak the cloth, just make sure it’s damp and lint-free. Do not use aerosol sprays, window cleaners, or bleach, as these may discolor or otherwise harm your devices. Make sure whatever you’re using for a cloth is soft – avoid paper towels and other abrasive items.

4. Gently wipe all hard, nonporous surfaces (display, keyboard, frame, etc.) on devices. You don’t need to scrub or press hard. Do not spray cleaner on the device or submerge it in cleaner, but do spray cleaner onto a cloth so you don’t risk getting unwanted moisture in any places where it shouldn’t be. You may want to test on fabric, leather, or other porous surfaces to make sure this won’t damage them. Don’t clean inside any ports or openings – if you need to remove something from these then use a dry cloth.