The coronavirus epidemic could be slowing down in China, where it all started a few months ago, but it’s starting anywhere else. Italy is the best example of things going wrong when it comes to Covid-19 infections. In just over two weeks, Italy reached more than 9,100 infections and 463 deaths, according to recent figures. The government initially quarantined the north of the country and then blocked all of Italy. In other words, there is still no reason to panic, as it appears that the coronavirus will not go away anytime soon and could be a seasonal flu-like illness. But you still need to make sure you take some protections to reduce the risk of capturing and transmitting Covid-19. Increased awareness of personal hygiene can go a long way in preventing infection. You should wash your hands properly as often as possible, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your face; You must have heard this advice everywhere. But do you know what else you should do? Clean your phone too.
Of everything else around us, the smartphone is the object we touch the most every day, no matter where we are or if our hands are clean. Coronavirus or not, that will not change in the future. Smartphone use will only increase if you have to spend time indoors isolated from others. The smartphone is your gateway to the world and the perfect weapon to control boredom.
Coronavirus or not, you should clean your iPhone or Android device frequently. As I said before, we play it more during the day. That concerns both the screen and the rear panel. If you have a protective case, you may want to remove it from time to time and also clean inside.
The problem with coronavirus is that even if you keep your hands clean, the drops containing the virus can reach your phone when you use it in public places, and they can transfer to your fingers and then to your body.
We have already told you that Apple published tips on how to clean your iPhone and any other product: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is your friend.
But what if your phone becomes damaged and needs repair while coronavirus measures may be in effect in your region? The first thing to do if you are preparing to deliver your device for repairs is to make a backup of your data, and you may even want to restore your phone to factory settings. You should then clean the phone before taking it to an Apple store or authorized repair site, or before shipping.
The bad news is, according to a YouTuber, that the coronavirus could affect repairs. Jon Prosser went to Twitter earlier this week to reveal that, according to an Apple source, iPhone production is two months late, and repair parts may take 2 to 4 weeks to be available. Unit replacements may require up to eight weeks of waiting. He also said that Apple could issue an iPhone loan while it waits for its repair. As long as you have an iPhone 6s or later, and Apple has enough stock, you can get a loan for iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.
We don’t have confirmation of this particular rumor, but China’s blockade measures that quarantined millions of people for weeks have impacted the iPhone’s production supply chain, and the iPhone isn’t the only high-profile device affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Once you get a replacement, you must clean it before restoring your backups and start using it. And then repeat that cleaning procedure, regardless of whether there is a virus outbreak alert or not. The same goes for Android devices or any other portable devices including tablets, laptops, Switch, cameras etc.