Different studies have found that mobiles phones can be a source of spreading coronavirus but now forensic official from Dubai Police is also warning citizens that smartphones can transmit coronavirus from one person to other and from one country to another.
This claim was made by Major Dr. Rashid Al Ghafri who is the Director of Training & Development at the General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology at Dubai Police.
His warning is based on multiple researches and studies which he conducted along with multiple scientists including some from Australian Universities.
Mobile Phones Increases the Risk:
Dr. Rashid said that “Mobile phones carry infectious pathogens such as bacteria and viruses like COVID-19. Phones are likely to be Trojan horses that contribute to community transmission in pandemics.”
This makes mobile phones a potential source for spreading coronavirus in a community and even making it a biosecurity risk when people cross borders carrying phones with such viruses.
He further explained that the heat generated by the mobile phones helps the virus to stay longer and reproduce in greater numbers.
How To Protect Yourself:
Dr. Rashid suggested that people should consider smartphones, tablets and other devices as extension of their hand, cleaning them regularly in the same way as they clean their hands.
He said that washing your hands regularly is not enough rather mobile phones should also be disinfected regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer or through disinfecting wipes.
Others believe that using soap is much better option because alcohol sanitizer can erode the coating which may damage the touch screen. But all agree that in the situation of COVID-19 we all should clean our smartphones more regularly.