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Report: Coronavirus Can Survive On Smartphone Displays For 28 Days


Australian researchers have unveiled the fact that the novel coronavirus can survive on glass for 28 days. This definitely means that smartphone displays are not any safer either.

By Yeti - 
12th Oct 2020
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Highlights of the Story

  • A new study reveals that the coronavirus can survive on smartphone displays for up to 28 days
  • The virus is said to remain infectious on plastic banknotes and glass at 20 degrees Celsius
  • Disinfecting smartphone, laptop, tablet and other displays is of paramount importance

Although many countries across the globe including India are no longer under lockdown, the Coronavirus is still a major threat. From washing hands to disinfecting gadgets, it is very important to follow certain protocols. A new study by Australian researchers has revealed that the coronavirus can survive on glass, banknotes and stainless steel for up to 28 days! Moreover, this indicates that the display of your smartphone is also not safe. This is where disinfecting your smartphone comes in.

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Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, discovered that the coronavirus remains active for 28 days on plastic banknotes and smartphone screens at 20 degree Celsius. The study’s lead researcher, Shane Riddell states that, “It really reinforces the importance of washing hands and sanitising where possible and certainly wiping down surfaces that may be in contact with the virus.”

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This study makes disinfecting our smartphone screens the need of the hour. This small step can stop the coronavirus spread in a big way. Moreover, as winter is nearing India, it is even more important to start disinfecting gadgets now. The coronavirus has been found to survive longer in cooler temperatures and this makes winters the worst possible season for us.

How To Disinfect Your Smartphone?

Before venturing into taking up a disinfectant and going for it, it is important to understand that smartphones are electronic gadgets after all. Different smartphone brands have different guidelines when it comes to disinfecting your phone against the coronavirus. However, Apple has provided certain recommendations and this can apply to all devices for the most part. These are:

  • Using only a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Avoiding excessive wiping.
  • Unplugging all power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keeping liquids away from the smartphone.
  • Not allowing moisture to get into any openings.
  • Avoiding aerosol sprays, bleaches, and abrasives.
  • Avoiding the spraying of cleaners directly onto the smartphone.

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According to Apple, the usage of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is the way to go for your smartphone. Moreover, the company also states that this is the best way to wipe down on any nonporous or hard surfaces to protect it against the coronavirus.

Like the popular saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure,” and this makes even more sense now. Small things like disinfecting your phone can make a big difference in our lives right now. With the virus spreading at super fast rates, it is of paramount importance to follow these small measures to keep it at bay.


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