Clean your phone NOW: Infectious disease professor’s urgent warning about mobiles and COVID-19 – and why you should be washing it as often as your hands

Clean your phone NOW: Infectious disease professor's urgent warning about mobiles and COVID-19 - and why you should be washing it as often as your hands

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  • An Infectious Diseases specialist shared why we must wash our mobile phones
  • On average, we touch smartphones 2,617 times daily, meaning bacteria is there
  • Coronavirus can live on phones for up to nine days, depending on conditions

An Infectious Diseases and Immunology specialist has revealed that it’s not just your hands, fruit and vegetables and rings that you need to be careful with when it comes to COVID-19, but also your mobile phone.

Professor Nigel McMillan, from Griffith University, specialises in infectious diseases and the risk of transmission, as well as how the coronavirus compares to other diseases.

He told FEMAIL that while the virus can live on myriad surfaces, you need to be especially careful with your smartphone – which, on average, we touch 2,617 times daily.

Studies have found that coronavirus can survive on the kinds of smooth glass and plastic found in smartphones for up to nine days depending on the conditions

An Infectious Diseases specialist has revealed why you need to be especially careful with your mobile phone, which we touch 2,617 times daily (Professor Nigel McMillan pictured)

 

Studies have found that coronavirus can survive on the kinds of smooth glass and plastic found in smartphones for up to nine days depending on the conditions (stock image)

COVID-19 can live on any surface and the more moist it is, the longer it will live there,’ Professor McMillan explained.

‘The safest thing to do is consider your phone an extension of your hand, so remember you are transferring whatever is on your hand to the phone.’

With this in mind, every time you put your smartphone down somewhere or do something and then touch your phone, you should be cleaning it.

‘Don’t put it down in random places if you can avoid it,’ Professor McMillan said.

‘Clean it every time someone else touches it, too, as the virus could be living on it far longer than you think.’

How can you best clean your mobile phone?

* Use only a soft, lint-free cloth.

* Avoid excessive wiping.

* Unplug all power sources, devices, and cables.

* Keep liquids away from your device.

* Don’t allow moisture to get into any openings.

* Avoid aerosol sprays, bleaches, and abrasives.

* Avoid spraying cleaners directly onto your device.

* Apple is recommending the use of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to wipe down any hard, nonporous surfaces.

Source: Apple 

To wash your device, Professor McMillan recommends you use either hand sanitiser or lens cleaner for glasses with at least 60 or 70 per cent alcohol (stock image)

To wash your device, Professor McMillan recommends you use either hand sanitiser or lens cleaner for glasses.

‘They must have at least 60 or 70 per cent alcohol,’ he said.

‘Alternatively, they need isopropal alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Spray and wipe products will also do in a pinch as they have detergent.’

Tech giant Apple have recently changed their position on using alcohol-based wipes and similar disinfecting products on their devices.

While the company still recommends using a slightly damp lint-free cloth to wipe your device clean, it has changed its previous advice to avoid disinfectants.

Apple now says those problematic wipes are safe to use, and recommends using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product.

The CDC’s hand washing guide follows WHO’s guidelines – which suggest people wash their hands at least five times a day with soap and water or hand sanitiser (pictured)

Source: Daily Mail

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