Coronavirus and your mobile devices

Coronavirus and your mobile devices

With the number of coronavirus cases reported from across the world crossing 93,500, the responsibility to contain the COVID-19 lies with all citizens. However, there’s no reason to panic and one just needs to exercise caution by keeping up with basic hygiene. While much of the focus is somewhat diverted to wearing masks, gloves and washing hands, it is also important to disinfect personal gadgets like phones and laptops regularly. Global health research reports from time to time have cautioned that mobile phones are hotbed for bacteria and viruses and can be prime disease carriers. If your phone or laptop is contaminated by chance, no amount of hand washing will be fruitful. Here are 10 things you must do to prevent your smartphone, laptop from spreading infection…

Don’t keep your mobile phone and handkerchief in the same trouser pocket

Don’t keep your mobile phone and handkerchief in the same trouser pocket

Use earphones for making phone calls. This reduces the chance of virus transferring from the phone to your face

Use earphones for making phone calls. This reduces the chance of virus transferring from the phone to your face

Avoid using public computers in internet cafes or offices. Use sterile gloves if you really need to use them

Avoid using public computers in internet cafes or offices. Use sterile gloves if you really need to use them

If your smartphone is IP68 water resistant then use soap and water to clean or use hand sanitiser

If your smartphone is IP68 water resistant then use soap and water to clean or use hand sanitiser

Don’t forget to switch off your phone first. Note that use of hand sanitisers or any cleaning product with alcohol is generally not recommended for cleaning gadgets. But desperate times call for desperate measures and you need a solution with at least 60% alcohol to kill SARS-CoV-2 virus.

To clean laptops, apply ample quantity of hand sanitiser and use a tissue to clean every corner

To clean laptops, apply ample quantity of hand sanitiser  and use a tissue to clean every corner

Don’t forget to switch off your laptop first. Note that as mentioned above too, use of hand sanitisers or any cleaning product with alcohol is generally not recommended for cleaning gadgets. However, exceptions can be made in exceptional situations.

Don’t forget to clean your earphones as well. You can use any hand sanitiser for the same

Don’t forget to clean your earphones as well. You can use any hand sanitiser for the same

Again as an exception, you can use hand sanitiser to clean earphones.

Don’t use any cleaning liquid on gadgets as it might cause discolouration

Don’t use any cleaning liquid on gadgets as it might cause discolouration

Always wash your hands with soap and water after cleaning your phone or laptop

Always wash your hands with soap and water after cleaning your phone or laptop

Make it a habit to clean your personal gadgets regularly at least once a day

Make it a habit to clean your personal gadgets regularly at least once a day

Try not touching someone’s device and avoid giving your gadgets to other people

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