Covid-19 Tips: How To Sanitize Your Cell Phone

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How to sanitize your phone during coronavirus outbreak

Kaspersky Lab told how to properly disinfect smartphones in the presence of bacteria and viruses, and how not to damage the device by treating it with a disinfector.

During COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak people are trying to find an answer how to protect themselves from getting it and how they can disinfect their smartphones. 

As the Kaspersky Lab blog noted, a virus can get on the phone either with the smallest drops when a sick person coughs, or from the user's hands with which he touched other surfaces.

“Of the most common household products, coronavirus can handle ethyl alcohol (C2H5OH) and isopropyl alcohol (C3H7OH), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and sodium hypochlorite (NaClO),” they said.

Isopropyl alcohol is considered the least harmful to the oleophobic coating of the screen, which allows the fingers to easily slide on the screen and does not allow it to be covered with fingerprints.  In this case, it is recommended to use it in the form of wet wipes or spray, the optimal concentration is 70-80%.

Ethanol and hydrogen peroxide can be used as a fallback, but undesirable - with frequent use, they can ruin the coating.

“Of course, you shouldn’t pour the disinfector into the connectors, speakers, and other openings in the phone’s case, even if it’s waterproof,” they said, adding that it is better to use a soaked cotton pad.

In addition to chemical disinfection, there is an option for ultraviolet treatment.

“It is recommended to wipe the smartphone every time you return from the street,” summed up the Kaspersky Lab.
How to disinfect your phone