How to Avoid Getting The Flu… From Your Mobile Device

How to Avoid Getting The Flu... From Your Mobile Device   verizon Mobile Devices mHealth flu shot Flu epidemic flu You’ve been diligent about washing your hands and avoiding crowds (not to mention that guy in the cubicle across from you who keeps hacking and sneezing).

But somehow you still end up with the flu. How did it happen?

There’s an excellent chance that your mobile phone may have spread the virus to you. Flu germs can survive on the surfaces of a wide variety of materials. So while we sanitize our hands on a regular basis, it turns out we should probably also be sanitizing our mobile phones and tablets.

To go along nicely with religious hand washing and judicious steps to avoid the sick, there are a number of steps that should be followed to help keep your devices germ-free.

According to the “quick tip list” from Verizon Wireless:

  • Try not to share your cell phone or other accessories that come in contact with hands or mouth.
  • Be sure to clean your devices regularly, especially if you’re using them in a school or office.
  • Most alcohol wipes work on touch screen surfaces, but make sure to squeeze the excess liquid out before wiping a device so you don’t get any liquid inside its operating system.
  • A simple air spray can be used to clear makeup or other debris from a QWERTY keyboard or traditional dial pad. Most air spray products that clean computer screens and keyboards can also be used for wireless phones.

Do you take adequate precautions to keep your mobile device clean? Please share your practices or suggestions below. And for an interesting read on the role that social networks play during a flu epidemic, be sure to check out this piece from our sister site Mobile Marketing Watch.

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