Coronavirus: How to clean your smartphone safely

Helpful video from the BBC…


Thanks for this. :+1:

Up to now I always assumed every Fairphone model was waterproof hence could easily be rinsed off. But I never tried for myself.
As some users here tested this in the past and reported about their broken devices, they maybe just were not properly following this advice.

Looks like the new virus particularly tolerates plastic, less so cardboard, and not very tolerant to copper which is interesting, but would a copper case interfere with the signal? Now to switch on my critical thinking, it probably does not matter much, the best way is just to give the damn thing a good clean every day after being outside touching surfaces. Even better idea to never touch your face before washing your hands even after hours of when you were outside.

Not waterproof at all, but water-resistant. BIG difference.


I would never assume a phone ‘designed to open’ was waterproof :sweat_smile:

My Samsung S5 opened too but it feels like it was better resistant to water than the FP3…


The new virus is SARS-CoV-2, not SARS-CoV-1! So the new virus (COVID-19) survives better on cardboard and steel but slightly less on copper and plastic. I’d like to see your source, as I read a different (lower) number for RVS elsewhere.

With temperatures rising this is going to be bad for survival of viruses. It is important to know the circumstances under which the test was done.

If you simply sleep for 8 hours, the virus would still be active on a mobile phone, but I would not worry much about it unless if I were in a risk group.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (the virus; as you yourself wrote).

Where did you find that table of survival-time for the virus on different surfaces?

To my knowledge, there is no reliable data so far.
First experiments even show, that the virus might be contagious on stainless steel and plastic for 2 to 3 days, while those experiments confirm your data:

This source is referenced in Germany by the BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment), that is responsible for this stuff. FAQ “Can coronaviruses survive and stay infectious on fixed and dry surfaces, autside human or animal organisms?

Here’s a graphic comparing CoV-1 and CoV-2:

Original source (with explanations)

CoV-2 seems to last longer than CoV-1 especially on cardboard and stainless steel.

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Where did you find that table of survival-time for the virus on different surfaces?

here I think

Yes it’s as though the newly mutated virus has become aware of the amazon company, but had to remove “points” from the overspecialised plastic attribute lol.

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The new virus is also less lethal, which can aid to its reproduction and therefore survival.


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