The Coronavirus and How to Protect Yourself
March 12, 2020 | By Kelli Sprunt
As of today, there have been 126,000 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed with over 4,600 deaths.
With news that the virus has reached every continent except Antarctica — and with some sites estimating that the actual number of infected people in China alone is closer to half a million— it’s easy to feel fearful. But there’s good news, too: you can take measures to protect yourself and your loved ones. And the best thing you can do? According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health director, the answer is sanitizing your phone.
And here at PhoneSoap, we’ve got you covered.
The Facts Surrounding the Coronavirus Outbreak
- More than 90 countries have confirmed coronavirus cases.
- The U.S. has confirmed more than 1000 coronavirus cases with over 30 deaths.
- So far, the virus has been found in all but 11 states.
- As of March 3, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the fatality rate of coronavirus to be around 3.4%.
- It is suspected that coronavirus can live on surfaces (like doorknobs, phones, etc.) for up to nine days at room temperature.
- Common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, the virus can result in pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and kidney failure.
How Can I Protect Myself from the Virus?
Since there is currently no coronavirus cure, it’s important to take measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease.
First things first, you need to break the chain of transmission. When virus carriers sneeze, cough, or touch their hands to their faces and then to public surfaces (or to other hands through a handshake), small water droplets are projected into the nearby environment and contaminate the surface of nearly everything in the immediate area.
According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a cough travels at approximately 50 mph with about 3,000 droplets. A sneeze is the greater offender at nearly 100 mph and more than 100,000 droplets!
When we touch these infected surfaces with our hands, we can end up transferring the bacteria from those surfaces to the items we touch, such as our phones. While we may wash our hands frequently throughout the day, on average Americans check their phone about 52 times per day, thus reinfecting our hands. Even scarier is a study that shows we touch our faces 23 times an hour.
The Huffington Post also wrote about the virus: “Newer research suggests that COVID-19 may also spread through people’s feces. A person doesn’t wipe efficiently, traces of poop cling onto their hands, they touch a doorknob, and boom, the virus has a new home.”
…And guess what’s on your phone, which you touch all the time? Yep. Mucus and poop.
No need to gag, though, because that’s exactly why PhoneSoap was created: to rid your phone of all those nasty germs and bacteria. And while we don't claim to kill coronavirus (as no studies have been done to verify this), sanitizing your phone is an imperative step in your hygiene routine — especially during this pandemic.
How PhoneSoap Works
PhoneSoap devices help break the chain of transmission by killing viruses using powerful UV-C light. UV-C light kills pathogens by breaking down the DNA so the germs can't function. When they can't function, they can't make you sick OR reproduce.
PhoneSoap has been tested and clinically proven to kill 99.99% of Influenza type A, an enveloped virus similar to the coronavirus. PhoneSoap has also been tested to kill strong bacteria such as Staph aureus.
It is important to practice standard infection prevention techniques with proven technology to drastically decrease rates of transmission with the highest rates of efficiency.
PhoneSoap is a great example of clinically proven and tested technology that can reduce up to 99.99% of germs on your phone. Using PhoneSoap in combination with sound hand hygiene practices (this includes not touching your face) will greatly reduce the rate at which germs are spreading in your environments.
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