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Should you clean your phone during the COVID-19 epidemic? You bet.

Posted at 9:54 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 21:56:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Someone with the flu or COVID-19 touches a doorknob or counter. They leave. You come along and touch the doorknob or counter. You probably have your phone in your hand.

The brutal flu season, not to mention COVID-19, requires some new habits.

You could check your phone less and wash your hands more. This minor change entirely bypasses the risk of accidentally self-transmitting a virus via your phone.

If that's unlikely:

  • Get a washable case that surrounds your phone. They're easy to clean: just toss it in the sink with your dishes once or twice a day, and wash. Remove your phone from the case first.

Stores are all out of sanitizing wipes? Not a problem. They also said the $1 rubbing alcohol available at the pharmacy is typically 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Phone cleaning tips:

  • use only soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use paper towels, which can scratch.
  • unplug before you clean
  • do not spray the phone directly
  • avoid bleaches or other cleaning products

Phones, by the way, are notorious for being disgusting breeding grounds for germs, even in the best case scenario.