How to clean your smartphone in times of covid 19

Disinfecting wipes are fine, mostly

Studies have shown everything from staph to e. Coli can thrive on your smartphone’s glass screen. COVID-19, meanwhile, can survive on surfaces for anywhere from a few hours to over a week, depending on conditions.

If you’re in the mood to kill those germs, some alcohol can’t hurt. At least, it can’t hurt now, as companies like Apple have recently changed their position on using alcohol-based wipes and similar disinfecting products on their devices.

In Apple’s case, it still recommends using a slightly damp lint-free cloth to wipe your device clean. But it has changed its previous advice to avoid disinfectants — instead of warning against harsh chemicals, claiming the products may strip the oil-repellent “oleophobic” coating on your phone, Apple now says those problematic wipes are in the clear.

“Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone,” Apple says on its updated support page. “Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.”

Apple says you can use the same disinfectant products on the “hard, nonporous surfaces” of your Apple device, though you shouldn’t use them on anything made of fabric or leather. Other chemicals, like chlorine and bleach, are too harsh and could damage your screen. The recommendation to avoid other cleaning products, like Purell or compressed air, still applies. (All this advice applies more or less equally to gadgets from other companies, too.)

Could cleaning products still damage your phone, even with approval from the manufacturer? Yes, but only if you’re obsessively scrubbing your screen with them — so remember to chill out with all that wiping.

Wash your hands, not your smartphone

Experts say that keeping your phone clean won’t matter much if you’re not practicing good hygiene in other ways. So remember to wash your hands regularly, don’t touch your face, and so on.

“For sure, if you’re worried about your phone, you can sanitize your phone,” says Dr. Donald Schaffner, professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Food Science and co-host of Risky or Not, a podcast about “everyday risks from germs.” “But more importantly, stay away from sick people, and wash and sanitize your hands. Those are probably going to do a lot more to reduce your risk than sanitizing your phone.”

Schaffner also says the chance of catching a virus like COVID-19 from your phone is minimal compared to the risk of being near someone who is already infected with the disease. But it can’t hurt to keep your phone clean, he says. “If you’ve got a hundred [bacteria] on your finger and you stuck your finger in a moist area like your nose, well now you’ve got a dry surface transferring to a wet surface,” says Schaffner. “And you’re probably going to be pretty efficient at transferring those hundred organisms you’ve got on your finger into your nose.” more  

View all 8 comments Below 8 comments
Now you can block my emails also, like you did with WhatsApp. But always carry this guilt of having damaged entire remaining life of Sushil......... And yes, the guilt of shortening his lifespan and filling it with misery....... What a cruelty. Unforgiveable Ever Get Outlook for Android ________________________________ From: sushil ch. saraswat Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 1:39:01 PM To: Sarita S www.send_newpost++iyvvgxlkiybbgx++iybbqstrfdlk@localcirclesmail.com> Subject: Re: "How to clean your smartph..." My entire family life is ruined beyond repair now. Only because you made unsolicited enquiries and disclosed my very personal affairs. I have lost everything because of you. I am cursing myself for ever talking to you about my problems. Day and night. My mental peace is gone. Even committing suicide can not free me from these degrading thoughts. Irreversible. Irreparable. How can you do this to me?? Get Outlook for Android ________________________________ From: Sarita S Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:19:15 PM To: sushilsc@hotmail.com Subject: "How to clean your smartph..." more  
My entire family life is ruined beyond repair now. Only because you made unsolicited enquiries and disclosed my very personal affairs. I have lost everything because of you. I am cursing myself for ever talking to you about my problems. Day and night. My mental peace is gone. Even committing suicide can not free me from these degrading thoughts. Irreversible. Irreparable. How can you do this to me😢 Get Outlook for Android ________________________________ From: Sarita S Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:19:15 PM To: sushilsc@hotmail.com Subject: "How to clean your smartph..." more  
If anyone read the "users manual" they can do it.If it is a stolen or somebody's gift wash it in machine with double quantity different brand detergent and add dish washing liquid or baking soda with few neem leaves as "dressing" more  
Personal hygiene is important and what you practice, tell others to follow, specially your own family members. From there, the practice will spread to community. Charity begins at Home. more  
Initially in this world, microbes and single celled creatures took birth... Then slowly 'evolution' processes created more and more species.... Based on the notion that ‘germs cause diseases, the entire treatment, research and remedial actions are directed towards hunting and eliminating the germs and carrier insects. But in light of the scientific theories available for knowing “What is life and its (environmental) requirements”, this is really a superstition. In fact, after the death of Louis Pasteur, the founder of disease germs theory, this concept was slowly losing importance, but in 1930’s, this theory got revitalized owing to commercial interests. During his last days, Pasteur himself confirmed: "Germs are nothing, the soil in which they are matters"... Let it be clear in our minds, as Swami Vivekananda said: “till the body permits the germs to enter the body; till the vitality is destroyed to the extent suitable for germs to enter, grow & multiply, not a single germ can cause disease in the body”. If Germs cause of diseases, logically hospitals are the most dangerous places in this world, because all types of most virulent disease germs are present there and get transmitted to others through hospital equipments like Stethoscope, hands of physicians & staff, air, water, cloths, etc. But who bothers, and why to bother, when it is in the presence of Doctors? According to various scholars and experts, even in this (medically) superstitious world, where horrified people as also doctors & other practitioners are trying to hunt and eliminate the ‘AIDS germs’ and ‘other germs’ (!!!) and also drug & poison the patients/ health-seekers, those who wish to live a calm & quiet, peaceful healthy life, can earnestly and sincerely try for getting the suitable environment conditions, because that is the road to health; and not to the hospital. One may get ‘health education’ from right source, and not from those who are themselves frightened (or pretending to be frightened) about microbes, germs, insects & also serious aftermaths of all sorts problems arising out disease conditions. Impartially providing such an environmental condition and imparting such information and education to the subjects, without any bias to any specific medical stream, is the prime responsibility of the rulers and agencies like W.H.O. And citizens have every right to learn and adopt such a system, which enables a person to become his/her own doctor, at least for implementing Sustainable Total Quality Health Management in one’s own life. This post is purported for general awareness & education of the peoples in general, but I would not touch upon the present pandemic from its commercial, business related and political scopes, etc. more  
Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Vector borne and viral disease spreading

      Looks like Govts failed to listen to us raising the red flag about mosquito issues and now many many state residents are suffering. Below is state update of many states and things are in bad state....

      By RN Chopra
      /
    • Covid waste everywhere

      We need to talk of unnecessary use of full body PPE for COVID. We now know that spread is primarily through air & contact spread is negligible. Can we now switch to reusable cloth gowns & f...

      By Anshu Verma
      /
    • Action Request - Escalate and get Mosquito Menace addressed

      Thanks to all participants who responded to the Mosquito Menace survey. Below is the survey reportThe Mosquito Menace Su...

      By LocalCircles Manager
      /
    • Scrapping a car 10 yr old

      I have a diesel car. The registration as per RC is upto 2026. However it was manufactured in 2011 and is now 10 yrs old. Do I still need to scrap the car or can I continue to use it till 2026.

      By Meenakshi Roy
      /
    • SWACHH BHARAT HAS TAKEN A BACK SEAT THESE DAYS:HAS INDI ACHIEVED IN CLEANING ,

      OR THE ENTIRE ATTENTION SHIFTED : 15/16 months is oo long a period for any issue to go to the back burner. *Beware single use Plastics are back. *Pepople do not take bags with ...

      By Jayakumar Daniel
      /
    • Puri has done it, you should build pressure on your CM

      I am delighted to share with you that my hometown Puri now has clean drinking tap water. It is the first city in India to do so. The state government is also working on rolling out safe ...

      By RN Dash
      /
    • Lesson from USA

      This attached is a must watch for all in the circle and share too. This is from Texas USA after the recent snow shutdown and power outages. It was climate change 101. If we Indians dont...

      By Vinita Agrawal
      /
    • Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Inputs Sought

      The Government via Budget 2021 has finally announced the Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the details will be out via Ministry of Road Transport in the coming weeks. As you know LocalCircles has worked...

      By LocalCircles Manager
      /
    • Dont panic buy cleaning products

      Because the only beneficiary of this panic buying is reckett banckiser unilever colgate Palmolive and other chemical makers who have cashed in on our fears. We don’t have a single...

      By Harsimran Kaur
      /
    • MOSQUITO MENACE

      Mosquitoes are a palpable problem in many of the cities. Mosquitoes cause tremendous problems to the general well-being, but is hardly noticed by Corporation or Government. The following are some o...

      By VIJAYKUMAR N
      /
    • SOP for Festivals no good till they are enforced.

      https://www.localcircles.com/a/public/poll/how-do-you-pl...

      By Sneha Goyal
      /
Share
Enter your email and mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

All My Circles
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)