A smartphone is one of the most used gadgets for all. Given how many surfaces and body parts the smartphone touches in a day, it makes a smartphone the most open and essential device for germs and viruses. Given the spread of an epidemic like Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, concerns about smartphones, as well as exposure to viruses, have grown in a big way– if they are looked at, how likely is a person to catch the virus from their smartphone? Or how long does coronavirus last on a smartphone? 

To calculate the risk factor, we will see how long The Novel Coronavirus can stay on the surface of the smartphone? These are some of the key questions that remain in our minds, or even say that it has been going on for a long time. Now, when we have taken the decision taken according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the lockdown has been extended, and everybody has been asked to stay in their homes till 3rd May. Now it becomes our duty to follow certain rules at home. Tell you that if you use a smartphone, you need to be more vigilant.

Now, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) study, the original SARS-CoV virus found in 2003 can survive for 96 hours (four days) on the glass surface, i.e., it can remain stable for 4 days. The WHO study says that in addition to glass, it can remain hard plastic and stainless steel for about 72 hours (three days). Now, a recent study by the National Institutes of Health of the United States has found that the current novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can remain stable on surfaces such as steel and hard plastic for about 72 hours (three days), such as the SARS-CoV virus, which is described here for a long time. The study also says that the novel coronavirus can remain stable for about 24 hours on the surface of the cardboard, and about 4 hours on copper. Now, since the new study did not factor in how long the virus stays on the glass, other factors point to the same results as previous SARS coronavirus.

Therefore, from the WHO study of 2003 and the NIH study from this month, it can be assumed that the novel coronavirus can live on glass for up to 96 hours (four days). And since almost all smartphones come with a glass panel upfront, it can be said that coronavirus can stay on the smartphone for up to four days. Not just smartphones, it applies to the glass surface for any gadget – be it a smartphone, a smartwatch, a tablet, or a laptop. This means that you have to be very careful about your smartphone.

Now, of all these gadgets, the smartphone is still the most open gadget you use continuously, so to avoid further exposure to coronavirus, it's important to keep your phone clean every time. To clean the smartphone, the user will either use the smartphone/gadget. For gadgets can use cleaning liquid or slightly wipe the surface with wet microfiber fabric. To clean and pure it, it is best to use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol solution or destroy wipes, something that Apple also suggests. One should be careful not to use more than 70 percent concentration or other disinfectant fluids, as these can destroy the oleophobic coating on your smartphone's display. You can also put screen guards on your phone, so you can also do so so that your smartphone does not damage the display coating.

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