Since Coronavirus can be transmitted on inanimate objects, it’s important to sanitize things. We’ve all heard about sanitizing our hands. But what are we to do with our phones – especially since we put them close to our face! The FCC has these suggestions:
- Unplug the device before cleaning.
- Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with soap and water.
- Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the device.
- Avoid aerosol sprays and cleaning solutions that contain bleach or abrasives.
- Keep liquids and moisture away from any openings on the device.
While it is safe to use disinfectant wipes on many devices, keep in mind that those containing alcohol, bleach or vinegar may wear down the protective coating on a smartphone’s screen.
CDC suggests using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70 percent alcohol to disinfect touch screens.
You can also take steps to minimize your mobile device’s exposure to germs and the coronavirus.
- When outside of your home, keep your phone in your pocket, purse or car.
- When shopping, use a written shopping list, not a list kept on your smartphone.
- Use a credit card for payment, preferably a contactless one, and not the mobile pay option on your smartphone.
- After being in public places, only touch your phone after you have washed or sanitized your hands or removed gloves you have worn.
- Use a hands-free device when making calls so that your phone is not pressed against your face or face mask.