Can Coronavirus survive on our phones? The answer is yes because our hands come into contact with thousands of germs every day. Wherever we go, everything we touch exposes us to hundreds of microorganisms, many of which can be pathogens. Unfortunately, we use our phone with the same hands, we rarely wash. In fact, the average user touches the screen of their phone more than 200 times a day.
This is not surprising as doctors point out that our mobile devices are often overlooked source of infection and some estimates even suggest that the average smartphone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
Various medical studies confirm that viruses, bacteria and fungi can easily survive and spread via your mobile phone or tablet for days. The coronavirus is no exception, as it was suggested that it could survive on hard surfaces like plastic from 72 hours to 9 days, depending on different sources, which is actually enough time to transmit from person to person.
This means that we must pay special attention to cleaning mobile devices on a regular basis, at least once a day and especially after using them outdoors or in your car. It is especially important to clean your phone after using it in health centers or after being in contact with a sick person.
How to clean your phone without damaging it.
While we know that many germs, including the coronavirus die within a minute of being exposed to household disinfectant cleaners that contain chlorine or hydrogen peroxide, they are not suitable for cleaning your phone.
To clean your phone, you will have to rely on the third option which is isopropyl alcohol in a concentration of at least 70%. Alcohol evaporates very quickly, which means it will clean your device without damaging the screen and filtering the seams of the device. This same instructions work well for both smartphones and tablets.
The cleaners you can use to clean your smartphone include:
Wipes with 70% isopropyl alcohol Clorox or similar disinfecting wipes.
Lint-free cloths lightly sprayed with alcohol.
Safe cleaning methods
1. Before cleaning, be sure to disconnect your phone from any cables and power sources.
2. Do not use bleach, hand sanitizer, or any liquid cleanser that is not intended for use in electronic devices. Even if these products are alcohol-based like hand sanitizers, they also have moisturizing properties because they are meant to be used on the skin and could harm your phone.
3. Only use lint-free cloths to clean your device: soft microfiber cloths, cotton balls and cotton bales can damage the device and make cleaning difficult. In my experience, glass cleaning cloths work best.
4. Keep in mind that alcohol only works on hard surfaces, so if your phone has a leather or soft case, it is better to avoid cleaning it with alcohol. If you have questions about a certain product or material, I recommend that you contact the manufacturer and request safe cleaning instructions.
Any amount of moisture can damage your phone, so be sure not to spray alcohol directly on the screen. Instead, spray a cloth with rubbing alcohol to clean the phone. This cloth should be slightly damp, but not wet.
Cleaning your phone is easy
Gently clean the phone and make sure you get all the sides and edges. I recommend removing the case and cleaning each part separately then allow the case and device to dry completely before reassembling. Remember to repeat this at least once a day as well as after every time you go out. Stay safe!