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CoronavirusImportant: Keep your cell phone clean during pandemic

Important: Keep your cell phone clean during pandemic

A note for uninitiated and a reminder for the initiated:

Keep your cell phone clean during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Naturally, this advice is applicable to non-pandemic times, as well, but in the current instance, it takes on notable urgency…

In an email notice this past week, Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Supervisor Dave Cortese wrote, “Residents have repeatedly received messaging about the importance of good handwashing, but they may not think about their mobile phones. We handle our phones all day long, and leave them on tables, counters, and other surfaces.”

In other words, our phones are miniature, addictive, plastic germ farms, in touch not only with common surfaces, but in regularly close proximity to our ears, mouths, and noses. This puts phones and other mobile devices in the “high touch” surface category, meaning they can spread diseases, among them Covid-19. 

Continued Cortese in the email, “Most alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should kill the virus.”

In the meantime, on the CDC website, it is recommended that electronic device owners adorn their devices with wipeable covers. Also, every device comes with instructions from the manufacturer on how to clean and disinfect it; if you held onto those, they’re well worth revisiting (or looking up online) and following. And after cleaning off your device with an alcohol-based wipe or spray, be sure to thoroughly dry off its whole surface.

The above advice pertains not only to cell phones, but to mobile tablets, laptops, remote controls, garage door openers, and computer keyboards, as well.

 

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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