Do UV Light, Alcohol or Soap Truly Help Get Rid Of Coronavirus From Your Phone?

Leela Adwani |Mar 20, 2020

With the complicated developments of COVID-19, products which are said to offer “innovative” ways to make our phone clean have been in high demand. However, the virtues of such products are as true as advertising.

How to curb the spread of Coronavirus ourselves is by far the most questionable topic on social media today. Other than washing hands frequently, keeping our belongings clean is also a must. So, if there is any familiar item that accompanies us every day, then it will be your phone.

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Protect your phone from Coronavirus

The fact is that we are likely to touch our phone about 2600 times by the end of the day. In order to protect ourselves against the infectious coronavirus or any other disease, scientists have urged everyone to clean the phone twice a day.

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With the complicated developments of COVID-19, products which are said to offer “innovative” ways to make our phone clean have been in high demand. However, the virtues of such products are as true as advertising.

UV Light

In February, the central bank in China said using UV light might help combat COVID-19. A startup named PhoneSoap based in Utah has developed this technique to clean mobile phones. The company’s cleaning device contains something called UVC light that is said to be able to skill microorganisms hiding in crevices.

However, on the side of scientists, they are still skeptical about the real effectiveness of UV light when it comes to eradicating the coronavirus on the phones.

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Whether UV can help clean your phone?

In fact, the products from PhoneSoap haven’t been tested against the novel virus yet. Furthermore, UVC, in public spaces, can’t be used because it will be harmful to our eyes.

PhoneSoap, on the other hand, later went on record to rubbish such claims at its products cannot kill Coronavirus on phones.

Alcohol

Because of the geographical and uncontrolled spread of Coronavirus, hand sanitizers which mainly contain alcohol in the ingredients is always in increased demand. Some have used alcohol wipes to get rid of Coronavirus traces on their phones.

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Using alcohol is recommended by many

Recently, Apple loosed its tight recommendations on the use of cleaning products on iPhones. Now, it claims that it’s fine to use 70pc alcohol wipes. Samsung and Google are also doing the same.

However, before starting adopting alcohol-based solutions, remember that there are some risks whiling using it. For those who are unversed, wipes with 50pc or more alcohol have the high potential to damage your screen coating a.k.a oleophobic layer.

Soap and Water

The combination of soap and water is also known to be a way to prevent the spread of the virus. The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised that everyone should wash hands to the tune of the iconic happy birthday song and sing twice for a clean.

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Soap and Water

However, the question is whether soap and water work on our phones too.  A group of scientists has explained that the key ingredient that helps the soap work is detergent. Unfortunately, it unsticks the microbes, the grease or anything on the phone’s surface. So the virus is washed off physically thanks to water instead of the soap.

Hypochlorous acid

People in many countries have used a type of diluted bleach which is known as hypochlorous acid which is reported to be a no-toxic substance. Other similar cleaning agents were used during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

However, the evidence that this product can remove Coronavirus out of the phones is completely uncertain. Scientists also stated that the proof suggesting hypochlorous acid can work on the phones is unclear.

Despite the fact that scientists have warned the public that phones can carry the virus, though the method to clean the phone is still unclear. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comment section below!

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