How Long Can Coronavirus Live On A Smartphone?

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Smartphones are basically known as germ magnets. With the spread of the novel coronavirus, they are a potential vector for infection. The virus can potentially live on your phone’s screen for some days.
Up to 96 Hours, as Far as We Know

The CDC says it might be possible to get COVID-19 if you touch a surface that has the SARS-CoV-2 virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or perhaps even your eyes. The organization fully recommends cleaning and disinfecting “high-touch surfaces” daily.

According to the World Health Organization, the original SARS-CoV virus from 2003 was stable on glass surfaces for up to 96 hours (4 days). It lasted on stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours (3 days).

A recent study by the National Institute of Health found that the current novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours (3 days).

The scientists did not test how long the latest coronavirus lasts on glass, but it would otherwise have similar results to the previous SARS coronavirus.

With what we know, it would be best to assume the novel coronavirus can remain present and infectious on glass for 4 days. This applies to any device that has a glass screen, from iPhones and Android phones to iPads and touchscreen Windows laptops.

Sanitize Your Phone After Going Out in Public

In theory, you could put your phone into quarantine for four days every time after touching it to make sure that it isn’t contaminated with the novel coronavirus.

But, in the real world, you would more likely be touching your phone regularly and could spread the virus from the phone to other surfaces. The coronavirus can last a long time on glass surfaces, so regularly disinfecting your smartphone is essential.

To stay safe, we recommend sanitizing your smartphone after every time you use it in public. When you return home, wash your hands very well and sanitize your smartphone at the same time. If you wash your hands without sanitizing your smartphone, you could then touch your smartphone, get the SARS-CoV-2 virus on your fingers, and then spread it to other surfaces or your face, which could lead to an infection.
 
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