Most people never part with their cell phone, and this is even more true when on vacation or when traveling: it is essential for taking photos, and keeping in touch with friends, family or distant colleagues. . Because of this permanent and compulsive use, and the very frequent contact of phones with the hands, face, and potentially contaminated surfaces, cellphones are veritable nests for germs. So in the midst of a pandemic, and in the midst of summer vacation, it is crucial to learn how to properly disinfect your phone, and to use it hygienically.
Washing your hands regularly prevents contamination from your phone
The coronavirus stays on surfaces for nine days or more, and although so far there is insufficient evidence to prove that it can infect after several days, it is best to be careful. With your phone, you must therefore proceed as with any potentially contaminated surface: washing your hands should be a reflex, as soon as you touch a suspicious surface. This is obviously difficult, knowing that you touch your phone sometimes constantly, but it reduces the risk of contamination.
In addition to frequent hand washing, frequent phone disinfection may be a supplement.
Avoid alcohol and hydroalcoholic gel on phones
Some people have gotten into the habit of trying to disinfect their everyday objects at the same time as their hands, by lightly sprinkling their phone, their keys, etc. with hydroalcoholic gel or even pure alcohol. This should be avoided though, as alcohol can strip the oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings that prevent oil and water from damaging your display and connectivity ports. In addition, the hydroalcoholic gel does not adhere properly to the screens because of the glycerin.
Disinfectant wipes containing 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean your phone screen are the most suitable. If you don’t like wipes, 70% isopropyl alcohol is commercially available in a vial, and it can be applied with a soft cloth when your device is turned off and unplugged.
Manufacturers are concerned about the hygiene of your laptop
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has updated its cleaning recommendations to finally accept the use of Clorox disinfectant on Apple products, but indicates that the use of bleaching agents should be avoided.
Samsung also said its customers can use a 70% alcohol-based solution of ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, applied with a microfiber cloth.
The Korean electronics maker is aware of the global trend in favor of disinfecting everyday objects and, in early July, Samsung launched a charger that disinfects mobile phones with uv rays: the “TFIT UV Sterilizer” .
This box-shaped charger eliminates 99% of bacteria in 10 minutes and can sterilize any type of object that fits in: phone, but also glasses, keys, credit card. Samsung has unfortunately not specified whether this charger-disinfectant can eliminate SARS-CoV-2.
UV boxes, an ecological alternative
UV ray disinfection was already used in the food industry, hospitals, public places, and with the current pandemic, this technology has acquired real notoriety among the general public.
Even if the Samsung box does not comply with the Covid, a Montpellier company, T.Zic, offers a box that can disinfect a cell phone, a pen, a key, a badge or a mask, with this technique. The Uvo Care box, according to its creators, uses UV LED technology to eliminate viruses, including Covid-19.
The start-up also offers its box as an ecological alternative to disinfectant products, because it makes it easier to disinfect reusable masks and saves the use of tons of disposable disinfectant wipes.