There are a number of ways that Covid-19 can be transmitted; the most common is being in close contact with a person who tested positive for the virus.
(To find out what 'close contact' actually means, here's a good article
While we may be to avoid being in close contact with a Covid-19 patient, we probably can't avoid being apart from our smartphones.
And here's the scary thing about that: did you know that they could live on your smartphone screen too?
Well, if you didn't, don't worry; you're not alone (because we didn't too).
Scary way the virus spreads
Fitness website Men's Health
reported that the dreaded virus can fester on your smartphone for a long period of time.
How long, you ask?
Well, German researchers found that the coronavirus can live on inanimate surface like glass, metal or plastic - all the stuff that your smartphone is made of, by the way - for up to nine days
The researchers made the conclusion after analysing data from 22 previous studies on human coronaviruses, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and the endemic human coronavirus (HCoV).
The study was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, Men's Health
On top of that, the report also quoted a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Arizona as saying that your smartphone is especially vulnerable because we mindlessly touch dirty surfaces with our fingers, and then proceed to pick up our phones.
“You do not have to sneeze on a cell phone to transmit disease-causing organisms.
“What we found out in studying virus movement on surfaces in office buildings is that you touch a surface with a virus on it and then you place it on your cell phone.
“You then go home or to another location and you touch your phone again and, say, touch a table moving it to another location — great way to spread viruses around an office,” Charles Gerba was quoted as saying.
Yucks, we feel dirty just by reading this.
The best way to clean your phone
If you have the sudden need to scrub your smartphone clean, well, good call.
According to the researchers, the best way to clean your smartphone is by using a solution that contains 0.1 per cent sodium hypochlorite
or 62 to 71 per cent ethanol
(which is typically found in most hand sanitisers).
Either of these "significantly reduces coronavirus infectivity on surfaces within one minute exposure time", the researchers said.
Apple also recently said that it is safe to use "Clorox disinfecting wipes and 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol" to wipe the surfaces of their products.
However, do refrain from using aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives because they don't work as good.
Also, the researchers advised against spraying the cleaners directly onto the device, but rather on a microfiber cloth before wiping your product.
BRB, we gotta clean our smartphone now.