How do I disinfect my cell phone or computer of COVID-19?
In recent weeks, our country has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems like every TV channel, radio station, social media site, and conversation is focused on COVID-19. By now you’ve probably heard it a million times. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Stay home. Slow down the spread. Flatten the curve.
You may be washing your hands more often, but what about your phone or computer? Can the virus survive on hard surfaces? A recent study by The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that COVID-19 remains viable on stainless steel and plastics for up to 72 hours. Did you know that the average cellphone user touches their phone an astonishing 2,617 times a day? So what’s the best way to disinfect your phone or computer without damaging it? Read on for our suggestions.
70% isopropyl alcohol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
70% isopropyl alcohol and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes not only disinfect hard surfaces, they’re safe to use on your electronics. Here’s how:
- Turn off and unplug the phone, computer, or peripheral you plan on disinfecting.
- Gently wipe the hard surfaces with a soft, lint-free cloth moist with 70% isopropyl alcohol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
- Avoid getting moisture in any openings
For a more comprehensive guide on how to disinfect your Apple device, click here.
In China, authorities are using large UV lights to disinfect buses. UV light is not only efficient and effective at destroying bacteria and viruses, it will keep your electronics safe. Be sure to avoid contact with your skin or eyes as it may cause aggravation. For a safe, UV phone sanitizer we recommend PhoneSoap.
Whether it’s disinfecting a phone or brewing a latte at home, all of our actions are impactful. We must all make sacrifices as we brace ourselves during this difficult time. If we all remain calm, mindful, and caring we can overcome any obstacle. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.
“We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” – Winston Churchill