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Of course you should wash your hands, but don't forget your phone

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March 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

By now, if you're taking COVID-19 precautions seriously, you are aware of the need to wash your hands properly and frequently, including how to use hand sanitizer.

But what about your phone, the thing you probably touch most with your hands? And what if you were behind the hoarders who bought it all out?

A few days ago, Apple released instructions on its website detailing how to clean your phone using alcohol wipes.

“Using a 70 per cent 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. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces,” according to Apple’s statement.

A study released in 2012 from the University of Arizona found that phones are 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Memes around hand washing have also become popular, including one that asks viewers to hum along to Britney Spears' “Toxic” during hand washing sessions to ensure they’re washing their hands for the correct amount of time.

WIRED, among many other websites, is offering instructions on how to make your own hand sanitizer.

Store shelves around Kamloops and the Okanagan have been short on supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and toilet paper as residents stock up due to COVID-19 concerns.

Currently, 102 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Canada, 39 of which are in B.C.

More than 1 million people are researching the symptoms of coronavirus today in the U.S. and more than 500,000 are googling the symptoms in Canada, according to Google Trends.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19 and may include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs.

In severe cases, infection can lead to death, according to the Government of Canada’s website.

"The virus spreads through respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze, close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands and touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands," according to the website.

For more information about the virus and for updated travel information, visit the Government of Canada’s website.


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