June 15, 2020: Cell Phones
As New York State moves forward with gradual reopening it is essential that we maintain our guard and continue to take everyday precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The CDC considers cell phones a “high-touch surface,” which can make them carriers of the coronavirus. In addition to cell phones, other two-way communication devices such as radios and walkie-talkies are considered “high-touch surfaces,” and are also subject to being contaminated.
Cell phones are one of the dirtiest objects we come in contact with every day. They may be dropped on bathroom floors, come into contact with respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs, and come into contact with any germs a user’s hand does.
Even if you practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing, when pick up an unclean phone you are potentially exposing yourself to the same germs. Keeping your cell phone sanitized is another smart way to keep germs off your fingertips which can eventually come into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth.
The following are tips that will help prevent the spread of virus of the coronavirus, as well as other infectious agents:
- Do not bring cell phones into areas where they may become contaminated.
- When using a disinfecting product on your phone carefully read and follow the instructions.
- The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves to clean cell phones, and washing your hands thoroughly when done.
- Thoroughly clean all nooks and crannies.
- If you use a case or covering to protect your phone, it’s important to clean that too. Always refer to the case’s instructions for products that can be used for proper cleaning. Consider replacing the case if it is extremely dirty.
- Modify your behavior – share photos through texts, instead of passing the phone around, use headphones and Bluetooth to keep your cell phone away from your face.
- Exposure prevention is the first priority
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue and discard tissue immediately
- Maintain hand hygiene – wash with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Wearing face coverings lowers the risk of spread to others. Wear a mask!