From The Asian Reporter, V30, #05 (April 6, 2020), pages
11 & 14.
How to clean the bundle of germs that is your
By Tali Arbel
The Associated Press
NEW YORK ó Youíre washing your hands countless times a day to
try to ward off the coronavirus.
You should also wash that extension of your hand and breeding
ground for germs ó your phone. Tests done by scientists show
that 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 daily, including
phones, keyboards, and tablet computers.
But cleaning your phone improperly can damage it. You want to
avoid getting moisture inside it or scratching the surface.
Donít spray cleaners directly on the phone, donít dunk it in
cleaning solutions, donít spray it with compressed-air devices
used to clean keyboards, and avoid rubbing it with abrasive
Instead, start by turning off the phone and unplugging all
cables. Your phone shouldnít be charging as you clean.
You can use Clorox wipes or wipes with 70% alcohol, which you
can get at the drugstore, to wipe down your phone. Apple, which
has cautioned against using household cleaners on its phones,
says to do that "gently." 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
microfiber cleaning cloth or the cloths used to clean camera
lenses or your glasses. Google says you can dip the cloth in
soap and water, as long as youíre careful not to get moisture in
the phone. AT&T says paper towels work, too. You can spray them
with disinfectant. Again, donít spray the phone itself.
Samsung, the worldís biggest phone manufacturer, says itís
offering a free phone-sanitizing service involving UV light
inside U.S. Samsung stores and service centers. It will expand
to other countries in the next few weeks.
The phone-cleaning step is one of many measures public-health
authorities are recommending to try to slow the spread of the
virus, which has infected 1.2 million people worldwide. More
than 69,000 have died.