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Clean your phone to help stop the spread of coronavirus

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Smartphones have been shown to carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat because of the low frequently the gadgets are cleaned

The World Health Organisation has told the general public to frequently wash their hands and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly in contact with humans to avoid coronavirus.  

This includes washing smartphones, which have been shown to carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat because of the low frequently the gadgets are cleaned.

A Journal of Hospital Infection analysis furthered the need to clean phones after it revealed coronavirus "can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to nine days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures".

However, cleaning your phone isn't as simple as wiping down a benchtop as many standard cleaning products used for disinfection could potentially damage your mobile device.

Before cleaning any device, it's recommended that user turn off the power and remove any cables.

Apple recommends customers using an iPhone 7 or higher to clean their device using "a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth" – the iPhone 11 can also be cleaned with warm soapy water.

The tech giant said to avoid getting moisture in the openings and warns against the use of use cleaning products or compressed air.

"Your iPhone has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic—oil repellent—coating. Cleaning products and abrasive materials will diminish the coating and might scratch your iPhone," explained Apple.

Samsung offers similar advice, urging customers to avoid cleaning products and to use a "soft cloth" when cleaning the device.

Countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus as of March 5.

While water can be used to clean the handsets, it's only recommended for devices fully IP68 rated for waterproofing.

Google's advice follows the same principles, although the tech giant said its Pixel handsets can be cleaned with "cleaning wipes" when needed – just make sure to avoid ports and buttons.

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Those worried about damaging the display can also consider buying a cheap screen protector that can be easily replaced.

It's also recommended people should clean their hands before and after using their smartphone.

Source: 9News

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