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Wash your hands *and* your phone

March 1, 2020

I don’t know about you but I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the phone talking to friends and family about the COVID-19 virus and bemoaning how difficult it is to get people to do simple stuff like washing their hands and not touching their face.

And, again, I’m on the phone talking about this, while copiously touching my face and my dirty phone.

And it occurred to me that washing our hands won’t be all that helpful if our phones are dirty, which they of course will be because we cannot stop using our phones even for a minute, especially when we want to check in on our loved ones and also Twitter.

Here’s the standard problem I see:

Go on subway, touch things, read phone, get to destination, touch things, put down phone, go to the bathroom, wash hands carefully, pick up phone again.

See how that works? The only germs we’re not getting on our phone is actual bathroom germs, and that’s only if you don’t bring your phone with you to the bathroom, which let’s face it people do in general.

So, how do we address this? It’s going to be tricky! We will need to clean our phones, and moreover to clean our phones without once again getting phone germs on our hands. I’m dizzy with the procedure we will have to follow assuming we have wipes that actually clean our phones and our hands.

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  1. March 1, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Good point!

    Perhaps we should put our freshly sanitized phones away until the threat subsides.

    Cleaning my keyboard now.


  2. March 1, 2020 at 8:32 am

    I always have a couple packets of Lens Wipes with me for cleaning my glasses and they work real great for cleaning my phone.


  3. Peter Duhon
    March 1, 2020 at 8:37 am

    You still have your reading group?


  4. Rob Deary
    March 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    So you are saying we have a chance of being killed by virulent disease contracted from a dirty telephone?

    Like Golgafrincham?


  5. March 1, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    After reading about “touching” our mobile phones, I am all smiles. A few years ago, I decided I did not like my so-called “Smart Phone” that was really making me and everyone else dumber.

    I turned it in for a dumb phone that I use less than 5 minutes a month and that is when someone calls me. I almost never use my mobile phone to call someone else.

    And, I do not text. In addition, I do not have access to anything like the SIRI-app that is like a magnet to ask questions.

    The primary reason I even carry a dumb phone around that I almost never use is because if I am out and have an emergency, the mobile phone will come in handy since there are not many payphones out there anymore.

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  6. William G Herrera
    March 2, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    1. Put phone into waterproof phone case
    2. Wash with hands.


    • March 2, 2020 at 11:09 pm

      It’s going to be a BIG challenge not to be exposed to this virus. I’ve read that individuals can be infected for weeks without showing any symptoms and many people won’t get sick enough to think they are infected.

      For most of us, being infected will be a mildly irritating experience.

      Every day the un-sick but infected interact with others, just by breathing, they are spreading the virus. And from what I have read (the BBC has been an excellent source), wearing a mask is a waste of time, because our eyes are another entry point into our bodies.

      To be safe, we’d all have to wear hazmat suits and when we got home go through an airlock where we disinfect the suit before entering the house and taking it off.

      Not going to happen.

      I will live life as usual and wash my hands as often as possible. The rest will be up to my immune system.


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