I once wrote an article about the dangers of smartphones. Not the ones you are thinking about, but the transmission of viruses and other diseases. Just as keyboards can be dirtier and pose more problems than a toilet seat, so do smartphones. This brings us to an issue just in time for the problem we are experiencing. How long does the coronavirus survive on the smartphone?
How long does the coronavirus nuo smartphone survive?
COVID-19 can be transmitted by people with the virus when they cough or sneeze, releasing tiny contaminated droplets into the air, putting anyone within reach at risk of inhaling them. These droplets can travel more than one meter from the infected person, allowing them to settle on any surface.
That said, this virus can live on some surfaces for several days. Data from the 2003 SARS outbreak, which was a disease similar to the most recent coronavirus, showed that the virus can contaminate walls for a day and a half, plastic and steel for 72 hours and glass for 96 hours. Therefore, it is likely that smartphones, tablets or computers can keep the COVID-19 virus active for up to four days and be transferred to anyone who touches the screen.
Adopting good hygiene is one of the most effective weapons to slow or prevent the spread of the virus.
Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
Our hands touch knobs, keyboards, taps and various other surfaces that may be contaminated. So rubbing tired eyes or touching your nose or mouth can transfer the virus from your hands to your body.
Wash your hands regularly
Clean your hands carefully and frequently, using plenty of soap and water or an alcohol-based mop to kill any viruses. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, wiping your fingers, thumbs and palms.
Have good respiratory hygiene
If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw it in the trash next. If possible, avoid coughing or sneezing around other people.
Keep social distance
Observe people around you and keep your distance from anyone who may be coughing or sneezing. This way, you can avoid inhaling droplets sprayed by coughing and sneezing.