As quarantine measures continue worldwide to mitigate the rise in COVID-19 cases, more people have turned to technology to be informed and to ensure the continuity of their livelihood. During this difficult time, gadgets such as smartphones and desktops play a key part in keeping people connected. For this crucial reason, keeping these items clean is just as important as observing proper and frequent handwashing.
Seeing the pandemic unfold in the news would naturally have anyone concerned about their family’s safety at home. Fortunately, keeping your home COVID-free is not rocket science. Attentively cleaning your home regularly will do the job.
When house cleaning, many people often tend to forget about including their gadgets in the process. Cleaning furniture and appliances is a no-brainer, but the technology in our pockets often gets left behind.
According to various studies, the average person spends more than four hours of their day on their mobile devices. A lot of people also mindlessly touch their phones every minute or two, even if they are in the middle of doing something else.
This simple habit may seem harmless, but it causes the accumulation of pathogenic microorganisms or gems on the phone. You can get all sorts of harmful bacteria from your daily interactions with people and common objects like the handrails on the subway or the door of your corner convenience store.
You can then pass on these germs to other objects or people with a single touch.
A 2017 research study found that cell phones carry ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats! Phones are silent disease vectors which can cause a menagerie of preventable illnesses. This alone is a winning argument for starting your own gadget hygiene routine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that disinfection should be done at least once a day.
A more frequent routine may be necessary for those who extensively use their phones, tablets, laptops, and even video game controllers. Consider using wipes as much as necessary, especially if you spend a lot of time in public spaces. For your efforts to be thoroughly effective, this should be accompanied by frequent hand washing.
How to Sanitize Phones and Tablets
To thoroughly clean your phones and gadgets, prepare these items:
For cleaning phone cases:
How to Sanitize Your Laptop or Computer
Deep cleaning a laptop or computer is necessary for its maintenance, but since the discussion is on sanitation, we will be limiting this cleaning guide to parts of your device/s you interact with most commonly. This includes the keypads, keyboard, and display.
For this purpose, you will need:
(Note: Some computer or laptop keyboard keys are removable. Check the computer manual to see if this is possible. If it is, you may remove them individually to thoroughly clean the underlying section.)
While UV light sanitizers have been selling like crazy in the past few months because of the pandemic, a simple water-alcohol mixture can do the job. UV light has been found to be effective against viruses but it remains unclear how the COVID-19 virus reacts to it.
If you have a few extra dollars to spare, go for it, but as far as the evidence shows, proper hand washing routines plus gadget hygiene are all you’ll ever need.
Cleaning your most-used tech tools is surely a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dreaded COVID-19. But it is even more effective when practiced with these important hygiene tips:
Remember that fighting and winning against a pandemic is a collective effort. Doing your part matters. A little sacrifice and patience now will help everyone get back to their lives and move forward as soon as possible.
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Cleveland Clinic. March 17, 2020. "Sanitize Your Mobile Phone With These Helpful Tips." Accessed May 14, 2020.
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MIT Medical. n.d. "Three ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." Accessed May 14, 2020.
Time Magazine. August 23, 2017. "Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. Here's What to Do About It." Accessed May 14, 2020.pr
The United Nations Children's Fund. n.d. "Cleaning and hygiene tips to help keep the COVID-19 virus out of your home." Accessed May 14, 2020.pr