How to keep your smartphone clean during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus is one of the most contagious outbreaks the world has seen in the last century.

The virus has many characteristics different from other viruses, one of the main concerns about COVID-19 is that it can live on surfaces, which makes it much easier to spread.

New research shows that COVID-19 can live on surfaces like metal, glass and plastic for up to nine days.

With the number of cases increasing by the day, it is important that people take sterilising seriously.

Apple, the maker of iPhone products, has updated its information on how to clean the mobile phones.

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It has said: "Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces".

It advises that people do not use bleach and that wipes should not be used on fabric or leather.

It also confirm that products should not be submerged in any cleaning agents.

Apple's cleaning information applies to all of its products including "Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, display, or peripheral device".

Samsung, which advises against using alcohol disinfectants, has not updated their cleaning tips.

The South Korean tech giant has however announced a phone cleaning service, using a special device.

"It simply sanitises the phone with UV-C light, no harsh cleaning chemicals required," it said.

"These devices can be used to sanitise Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Buds.

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"The Galaxy Sanitising Service is currently available for free in Samsung Service Centers and Samsung Experience Stores in 19 markets across the globe. They include Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Samsung says it will soon expand the service to other locations including Italy and the United Kingdom.

During an outbreak, some experts recommend using headphones or speakerphone when possible.

Experts also advise people to be careful about where you put your phone down in public places. When you need to put your phone down or away, keep it on your person rather than placing it on a counter or other object in public.

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