How long novel coronavirus can survive on a smartphone surface?

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Let’s see for how long novel coronavirus can survive on a smartphone surface: The only cure for Coronavirus (COVID19) at the moment is social distancing. And giving special attention to your hygiene like washing your hands for 20 seconds after every 3 to 4 hours. And trying to adopt the habit of not touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands for they could have the virus on them. We can take all the precautions we want, but one thing is certain that we cannot distance ourselves from smartphones. Our phones are an integral part of our lives and we might be spending more time on our smartphones than on our computer. Therefore, your concern that how long novel coronavirus (COVID19) survives on the smartphone’s surface is totally legit. Let’s see for how long this virus SARS-CoV2 survives on different surfaces including smartphones.

coronavirus can survive on a smartphone

For how long novel Coronavirus can survive on a smartphone surface?

In 2003, during the SARS-CoV outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined by conducting various studies and experiments that SARS-CoV is capable of surviving for 96 hours on a glass surface and 72 hours on stainless steel and hard plastic among others.

Recently, a study by the National Institutes of Health in the United States found out that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) stays active for 72 hours on hard plastic and steel. Although the study doesn’t specifically mention anything about glass surface regarding SARS-CoV2, nevertheless it’s quite imminent that COVID19 (SARS-CoV2) can survive for the same duration of 96 hours, as it used to be in case of SARS-CoV, on the glass surface.

Almost all the smartphones have screens made of glass while many have rear glass as well. So, a smartphone coming in contact with the virus can stay infected for as long as 96 hours and it could be really dangerous. It’s really important to keep your smart disinfected especially during this Pandemic.

How to disinfect smartphone from novel coronavirus (COVID19)

coronavirus can survive on a smartphone

Well, keeping your smartphone, laptops, smartwatches, tablets or any other gadget clean and disinfected is of paramount importance. How to do it? Well, there’s not rocket science in it — just keep cleaning them at regular intervals. Obviously, you don’t need water and soap to do that. Simply, use disinfecting wipes from Clorox or Isopropyl alcohol with 70% alcohol and wipe off the phone’s front, back, sides, and of course, the phone case/cover to disinfect it almost every day until this novel coronavirus situation is dealt with.

Sources: WHO, NIH