Mobile devices are an essential part of living in this time and age. Our mobile phones keep us connected to the world outside and used severely throughout the course of our day. These devices are by far our most touched possession and that has led to questions about how to safely keep them virus-free.
Health experts suggest cleaning your phone at least once a day as a preventative measure. However, before you begin, check the user manual for more information on how to clean your device.
- Here are useful recommendations from manufacturers like Apple and Samsung.
- Unplug and turn off your device before cleaning. This is to prevent any electrical complication that might arise while cleaning.
- Use a lint-free cloth slight dampened with soap and water.
- Avoid using aerosol sprays or cleaning agents that contain bleach. Also avoid spraying cleaning agents directly onto the device.
- Be careful around openings in the device such as charging port of earphone jack. Keep liquids away from.
- Think carefully about your choice of disinfectant should you consider using them on your device as they often contain alcohol and bleach.
Regularly disinfect touchscreens as this is usually the surface that you or other people will come in contact with.
Additional steps to keep your devices from playing host to viruses such as the Coronavirus include:
- Keeping your mobile device in your pocket or purse when outside.
- Using physical shopping lists instead of a virtual list on your smartphone to limit contact.
- Touching your phone with only sanitized hands. If you use hand gloves, avoid touching your phone with your gloves as gloves are known to harbor bacteria and viruses.
- Use a hands-free device when making calls so that your phone is not pressed against your face or face mask.
The same principles apply to other devices even though they are not hand-held. For example, if you share devices such as printers and scanners, make it a habit to routinely clean them and constantly wipe before each use. Limit the surfaces you touch to contain the spread of germs. Sanitize your hands before operating them to keep them clean.
Health concerns are rising but with regular hand washing and surface sanitizing it is possible to stay in the best of health.