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Don’t Forget To Sanitize Your Devices!

hand over a computer tablet device

During this time of self-quarantine, cleaning and sanitizing your home can help lower the chances of contracting a virus and reduce the chance of spreading it to someone else. Keeping your home (and self) sanitary helps everyone. Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing some tips regarding how to sanitize some things that you may be overlooking – your devices.

While your devices might be helping you maintain your sanity during your self-quarantine, they’re also magnets for germs. They’re surfaces that you carry with you and frequently touch, so you need to clean and disinfect them like everything else. And while disinfecting wipes are the best way to clean your devices, some devices need special attention.

Disinfecting Your Phone or Tablet

You can disinfect an Android or iPhone with an alcohol solution or a disinfecting wipe. Pay special attention to the buttons, the screen, and anywhere dust and lint tend to get trapped. Be sure to remove any case that’s on your tablet or phone, clean underneath it, put it back on, and then clean the outside.

Disinfecting Your Computer

The displays on laptop computers aren’t always glass, so don’t use a disinfecting wipe to clean the screen. Clean the display with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution using a soft cloth. Be sure to wipe down the keyboard, the trackpad, the exterior, and the area where your wrists rest on the computer.

Many desktop-style computers are in dire need of a good cleaning and sanitizing. The most effective way to accomplish that is by using a disinfecting wipe or alcohol solution using a soft cloth. As with laptop displays, don’t clean the monitor with disinfecting wipes – instead, use isopropyl alcohol to clean it. Be sure to wipe down the top, bottom, and sides of the mouse, the exterior of the keyboard, the keys on your keyboard, and the mousepad.

Don't Neglect Your Accessories

For other electronic devices, if the exterior is mostly plastic, it’s safe to clean them using a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.

The bottom line is that here's a lot going on right now, and it can be stressful and scary. It can be difficult to know what you should do or what's going on. So stay safe, and please, if you can, stay home.

If you need immediate help, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, at (425) 455-0936.

Stay safe, healthy, and in good spirits!

Dr. Hubert Lee

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