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COVID-19 prevention: Here’s how to disinfect your mobile phone

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Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all become hygiene freaks. We take so many precautions, wear masks, sanitize everything, from floors to doorknobs, we clean everything.

But most of us forget to disinfect the thing closest to us. Yes, I’m talking about our beloved phones. Not just phones but all our electronic gadgets.

We have our phone on us almost all the time. We often forget to clean our phones because of our busy schedules.

A phone may fall on bathroom floors, come into contact with tiny droplets from sneezes and coughs, and encounter every type of germ a person’s hand does. But unlike the hands, phones are impossible to wash with soap and water. Unless you’re Gopi Bahu from Saath Nibhana Saathiya.

Therefore, cell phones are a potentially dangerous source of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. It hurts when you take all the precautions but you still catch the virus because of the germs on your phone.

So I’m going to tell you how to properly disinfect your mobile phone and be 100% safe.

• Remove the phone from any casing and power it down for a while.

• Sanitizers may not work too well when a phone is greasy or dirty. Therefore, a person should first wipe the phone nice and clean with a dry or damp cloth to remove all dirt and dust and sweat and God knows what.

• Thoroughly wipe the phone to cover the entire surface in disinfectant. Avoid spraying disinfectant into the phone’s charging port. If this area is wet, it can damage the phone or even cause electric shocks. Please be careful.

• Allow the disinfectant to be in contact with the phone for the recommended amount of time.

• Wipe down the phone with a dry cloth once more.

• Next, repeat the previous steps with any cases and covers. Leave the phone case and phone separate until the disinfectant has been in contact for the recommended amount of time.