There are certain objects which are more vulnerable to the risk of accumulation of virus. Some are known and quite a few are much in use but their vulnerability is known well-judged. Reason being their frequent use and ignorance of their attracting the bacteria. Mobiles and laptops are the most common example. We quite frequently touch mobile which are not our own, sometimes for extending guidance or assisting in their use. While using this facilitation; mobile screens, their cover, and dial pads, etc. are touched by different human hands without considering which of them was a carrier of the virus. We have become an incautious user of the screens i.e. we do not sanitize our hands after touching different metal objects and before touching the mobile. Thus, causing the transfer of bacteria from one object to the other. 

We are all familiar with the ongoing pandemic situation in the world. It is a global crisis and while others may argue, the best solution is prevention. They say that prevention is better than cure, and well, for something whose cure hasn’t been found yet, PREVENTION IS THE ONLY OPTION. Covid-19 is as deadly as it sounds, and the panic is real. Several governments have taken the initiative of lockdown to ensure social distancing and isolation so that the virus doesn’t spread by human contact. Times like these, mobile phones and laptops are the only media connecting people with each other. While economic conditions are crucial at this time globally, it’s a boom for social media applications as people are hooked to them all day long. 

Impact of Screens During Social Distancing

To start, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. It has caused an outbreak with no promised cure as of yet. Social distancing and keeping surrounding clean and sanitized is the only way to avoid this virus. According to research, the average person spends almost three hours on his phone on a normal day. Almost 20% of people spend more than 4 hours on their phones, and that’s during the normal days. The present is the situation of a global pandemic, with offices and schools closed for the time being. People are required to attend their classes online and work from home instead of going to their workplaces. This means the usage of the laptops and mobiles would have increased as well. While there is nothing wrong with using social media these days in order to keep yourself engaged, but for the sake of being safe, we have to make sure that the laptops and phones we’re using are clean as well. These devices carry more germs and bacteria than we think. They may look clean on the surface, but they are the biggest carrier of bacterial germs that are not invisible to the naked eye. 

Cleanliness of Mobile/Laptop Screens

We take the cleanliness of our mobile/laptop screens for granted. Did you know that your mobile phone carries more germs than a toilet seat? The reason being the fact that a toilet seat is cleaned more frequently as compared to a phone. 

As important as it is to wash our hands to prevent COVID-19, keeping our laptops and mobile phones clean is necessary as well. Our devices carry microbes (bacteria, viruses) that will eventually be transmitted to us when we use them. Therefore, washing hands isn’t just enough. But cleaning your phone can be a bit of a task hoping that it doesn’t meddle with the technicalities of your device or affect them in any way. In this article, we will tell you how to safely and properly clean off your mobile/laptop screens without damaging them. 

How to clean your Screens

DON’Ts

  • Do not wipe excessively
  • Do not use aerosol sprays, bleaches, and abrasives
  • Do not spray directly into your device
  • Do not use harsh cleaners

DO’s

  • Use a Clorox wipe or isopropyl alcohol wipe (these are safe according to Apple)
  • Use a lint-free, soft fabric
  • You might want to disconnect your phone from any external battery source before cleaning
  • Turn it off
  • Gently wipe your phone with the cloth up and down the screen

Cleaning the Laptop

No doubt that the use of gadgets has added comfort to human life. But now with the widespread of this pandemic, more vigilance is to be exercised while benefitting from these gadgets including ATM machines, keypads of all gadgets i.e. iPads, iPhones, smartphones, laptops, etc. 

Beginning with the keyboard, turn your laptop upside down, so that the large chunks get out. The most common and easiest way is to clean a keyboard is by using compressed air. People usually don’t pay heed to cleaning ports while scouring their computers. You can use compressed air to clean the ports of the laptop as well. Now for cleaning the display screen, dampen the cloth and wipe the screen in gentle circular motions. Do not wipe harshly as that will damage the screen.

What shall we do? 

Certain ailments require proper medication for rehabilitation, while few require prevention as a cure. Little care of one’s self and much care of the people around will help mankind in getting rid of this deadly virus. Awareness and exposure to information demand a higher sense of responsibility in constructing a healthy society. A little carelessness is not only a threat to the person himself but is also a threat to society. The rate of progression because of carelessness speaks of illiterate attitude by humans in a society that is well aware of all risks and threats. The call of the time is a higher sense of responsibility and commitment to contribute positively towards the restoration of high standards of health awareness paving the way to secure the future of the generations.

Coronavirus | How to Wash Your Hands

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Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following: Advice For Public -WHO

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