Coronavirus can live on your phone for up to 9 days, here’s how to clean it

As tests are starting to prove that the coronavirus (or COVID-19) can live on surfaces and in the air for longer than we initially thought, experts are urging people to wash their mobile as much as they wash their hands.

An Infectious Diseases and Immunology specialist told the Daily Mail that the virus is just as contagious on other surfaces as it is on your hands.

In an interview with the site, he noted the virus can pass on to more people via contact with practically any surface – and people should practice caution when handling their mobile phones.

The average UK person touches their smartphone approximately 2,617 times per day, and Professor Nigel McMillan, from Griffith University notes that could be a dangerous habit if you're not cleaning your phone often.

"COVID-19 can live on any surface and the more moist it is, the longer it will live there," Professor McMillan explained to the site.

"The safest thing to do is consider your phone an extension of your hand, so remember you are transferring whatever is on your hand to the phone."

So what are the best tips for safeguarding your handset, and ensuring you keep it as clean and safe as possible?

"Don't put it down in random places if you can avoid it," McMillan advises.

"Clean it every time someone else touches it, too, as the virus could be living on it far longer than you think."

Apple has stated clearly on its website that you can use disinfectant sheets to clean your phone screen, with no adverse effects to your device.

You will need to use any product with at least 70% isopropyl alcoho to "gently" clean your iPhone, Android or other mobile device.

"Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces."

Making sure your devices remain clean is important, as a recent study has suggested that the virus can live for between 2-3 days on plastic or stainless steel surfaces.

Brands like Sanicloth, Premi-Wipes, Clinell Alcohol Wipes and Ashland Wipes are all 70% in the UK and will disinfect your phone without damaging the hardware.

Of course, there is little point cleaning your phone if you're also not washing your hands – so make sure to practice good personal hygiene as well to ensure your safety, and the safety of others.

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