“Your devices, including smartphones and laptops, need daily hygiene to prevent them from spreading the deadly virus”

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, has kept everyone on their toes. The disease, with no cure, can only be prevented by basic hygiene. While everyone is stressing on wearing masks, gloves and washing hands, one needs to be reminded of keeping their daily drivers such as smartphones and laptops clean and safe as well. Smartphones’ screen and laptops are a hotbed of bacteria and viruses, therefore, their hygiene is imperative to ward off contagious germs. 

Here’s how you can prevent your smartphone and laptop from coronavirus

1. Clean your devices regularly

Use soap and water or hand sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol to clean your smartphone, laptop, and other devices. Before doing that make sure your device is IP water-resistant rated. If not, use a felt cloth (the type used to clean spectacles) or tissues to clean every corner of the device.

While it’s advised not to use cleaning products on smartphones’ screen, this could be remedied via a screen protector, which could be easily wiped clean using diluted alcohol. Get into the habit of cleaning your personal gadgets regularly at least once a day.

2. Use earphones to take calls

Using earphones/ headphones to take calls reduces the chances of virus transferring from the phone’s screen to your face. However, don’t forget to clean your earphones regularly. You can use any hand sanitiser for the same.

3. Voice commands to the rescue

Rely as much on AI voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri to get the job done. This will prevent you from getting in touch with the infectious device.

4. Avoid sharing devices

Keep your devices to yourself as much as possible. Avoid sharing them with other people or touch someone else’s smartphone and laptop. In case it’s unavoidable, use sterile gloves, clean devices after use, and wash your hands properly via soap or hand sanitiser.

5. Other precautions

If possible, wear gloves while using a smartphone. Additionally, avoid keeping your handset and handkerchief in the same trouser pocket and wash your hands intermittently, especially when in public spaces or commuting to work.

These are some of the steps you can follow to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus via smartphone, laptop, or any other gadget.