OMAHA– Recent studies have found that coronaviruses can possibly last on surfaces, such as metal, glass or plastic, for two hours and up to nine days. Therefore, U.S. Cellular encourages people to take precautionary measures and regularly clean your devices.
U.S. Cellular recommends wiping devices frequently with a soft, slightly damp lint-free cloth. The company also encourages people not to share their phone with other people and keep it out of restrooms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that people clean all “high touch” surfaces, such as phones and tablets, every day. Apple, Samsung and Google have tips online on how to properly clean their devices, such as:
o Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. You may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces, such as the display, keyboard or other exterior surfaces.
o Don’t use bleach.
o Avoid getting moisture in any opening and don’t submerge your device in any cleaning agents.
“While these tips take on a higher importance now, they can be used year-round to help keep your devices clean and germ-free,” said Mike Adams, U.S. Cellular’s director of sales for Nebraska and Iowa. “Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. As your trusted wireless carrier, we know that your cellphones and other wireless devices are vital tools to help you get through your day, whether it be your means for conducting business or a way to stay in communication with friends and family.”