Coronavirus Outbreak: Here is How to Get Rid of Germs from your Gadgets
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Here is How to Get Rid of Germs from your Gadgets

Coronavirus can live for two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning all high-touch surfaces every day including phones

The sudden and fast-spread outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in several articles and notices being published regarding the safety precautions that need to be taken by people across the globe. For the most part, the new coronavirus is said to be transmitted through the germs on our hands and in our mouths. From santizers to hand wash, people are being advised to use them multiple times a day, especially after coughing, sneezing, using the toilet and eating. An alarming concern is about the virus attacking people if they have contact with contaminated fabric, metal or steel among others. Scientists have carried out tests in light of the same.

According to them, the virus can live for two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning all high-touch surfaces every day, including phones, keyboards and tablet computers. But of course there has to be a right way of cleaning such electronic gadgets! It is important to avoid getting moisture inside it or scratching the surface. At the same time, it is recommended to use spray cleaners directly on the phone instead of exposing it to water-based cleaning solutions. Don’t spray it with compressed-air devices used to clean keyboards and avoid rubbing it with abrasive materials.

Start by switching off the phone and unplugging all cables. The phone should be on charge while you clean it. You can also make use of anti-bacterial wipes to clean the dirt off your phone. Media giant Apple, which has warmed against using household cleaners on phones, has urged users to handle wipes gently while cleaning gadgets. AT&T has further recommended wringing out disinfectant wipes before using them on a phone. You can also use soft cloths to clean the phone, like a microfibre cleaning cloth or the cloths used to clean your glasses. Google says you can dip the cloth in soap and water, as long as you’re careful not to get moisture in the phone. But paper towels work too by spraying them with disinfectant and using them.

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By Manaal Khurram
Manaal Khurram is a Karachi-based writer who loves all things food and fashion, and is a Shah Rukh Khan fangirl!

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