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Coronavirus Important: 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 is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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