It’s always a good idea to maintain good hygiene, but especially so in the midst of the ongoing spread of Covid-19. But while you’re hopefully already washing your hands—and not touching your face—make sure to extend those efforts to the phones, tablets, and laptops you handle every day.
The science shows that bacteria are very happy breeding on computer keyboards and smartphone screens, particularly when they’re used by more than one person. And viruses can cling to glass surfaces for up to 96 hours, multiple days’ worth of potential infection. So whether you want to minimize your risk of coronavirus, the flu, or a bacterial infection, some regular cleaning is advised.
Indeed, some of the most dangerous bugs have been found on the plastic and glass surfaces of smartphones. From there they can make their way to your fingers, your face, your desk, the local restaurant, and all the other places you put your phone down. So, just about everywhere.
The good news is that disinfecting your phone and your other electronic gear doesn’t need industrial-strength chemicals or hazmat suits. You can do a very decent job of cleaning up your gear using the materials you’ve already got at home. It’s also not necessary to clean your phone every time you go out—in fact it’s probably bad for it to be scrubbed and wiped so often—but it’s a good idea to do a quick wipe-down when you’ve been traveling, or after other people have used it, or at the very least every week or so.