Coronavirus Precautions: How to clean your iPhone and other Apple devices
While the world is grappling with the Coronavirus outbreak and governments across the world are implementing preventive measures to reduce the impact of this pandemic, there are certain steps every individual can take.
Since there are no known vaccines to date to protect us from the virus, we must rely on preventive mechanisms to limit the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has stated that virus spreads through contact, droplets, and fomites (objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, phones, utensils, and furniture). That means wearing masks while adopting personal hygiene of the highest order is the need of the hour.
It is also necessary that we clean all high-touch surfaces and refrain from sharing such objects. That means the devices we use every day such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods all need to be cleaned regularly to reduce the chances of being affected by the disease; more so if those are shared with others.
Here are some of the best practices you can adopt to ensure that your devices only perform the way they are meant to instead of acting as carriers of the disease. As it is, previous studies have proved that our phones are dirtier than the toilet seat. This makes it imperative that we clean all our devices, which are all but an extension of our hands.
While cleaning Apple devices has always been considered a risky business, Apple has relaxed its norms for cleaning its products in view of the prevailing situation. The company has stated that 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes can be used to clean Apple devices. However, make sure the liquid stays clear of pores and ports as these could damage the device internally.
It is also worth mentioning that Apple’s recommendation is unprecedented, as it had specifically discouraged users to perform the same procedures in the past for fear of damaging the oleophobic coating on the iPhone or iPad’s display. However, the company seems to be ready to bend its rules owing to the danger of COVID 19 poses.
General Precautions You Should Take
- Never run any Apple device such as the iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch or AirPod underwater.
- All the devices are not rated as water or splash proof and may get damaged.
- Keep liquid cleansers away from the porous regions of your device.
- Always wash your hands before and after cleaning your device.
- Unplug the devices and turn them off before cleaning.
- Refrain from touching any part of your body during the cleaning operation.
- If the device is in a case, remove it first. Clean the case as well.
Cleaning Practices You Should Avoid
- Refrain from using compressed air or cleaning products to clean your iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch, AirPod.
- Keep your device away from bleaching agents as these may lead to permanent discoloration.
Cleaning Your Devices
- Take a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe your device clean.
- You can also use disinfectant wipes as mentioned above, which might be the most effective way.
- Remember to clean your case thoroughly as well.
- Use the same method to clean your Apple Watch as you did with the iPhone or iPad.
- That includes wiping the device clean with a lint-free cloth or better still, using disinfectant wipes.
- You may not have to clean them as such if you never share it with others.
- Else, just wipe it off using a lint-free cloth or disinfectant wipes.
- Use compressed air from left to right to blow off debris.
- Use disinfectant wipes to wipe the keys clean.
Since phones are high-touch surfaces, it pays to keep them clean. This is especially important in the event of an outbreak of a pandemic disease. So, take the necessary precautions and make sure your device is clean and does not carry any pathogens. Do not share your device with others and use headphones or Bluetooth devices to keep your phone away from your face.
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