Coronavirus Advisory Information
The novel coronavirus has make many countries worldwide to be under lockdown. So, many people are now washing their hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus, but experts warn that we should also clean phones.
And according to ABC News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “Your cellphone is a modern day ‘hotspot’; it makes no sense to clean your hands and not wipe down your phone.”
Also, the World Health Organization has recently declared the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” with almost 120,000 testing positive for the virus.
The outbreak that began in China nearly three months ago has now infected more than 1,000 people in the United States.
Whether holding your phone on a train or texting in an elevator car, your cellphone is picking up germs.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
And Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus which causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
Also, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
But you can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
Clean Phones : How To Properly Disinfect Pour Phone
Keeping your phone sanitized is one of the smart way to keep germs off your fingertips because cleaning your phone can be a solid coronavirus-prevention practice.
According to the World Health Organization, “studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.”
The WHO said, “If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.”
Apple recently updated their language on their website on how you can Clean Phones.
“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces,” Apple said.
How To Prevent Infection And To Slow Transmission Of COVID-19
To prevent infection and also to slow transmission of COVID-19, you are to ensure that you do the following regularly:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Social distancing is absolutely key, practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
How to properly sanitize your cellphone amid coronavirus outbreak originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com