There's been a lot of discussion about what needs to be disinfected and what you can skip when you run errands outside of the home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what about everyday items like your smartphone? Do you have to disinfect everything once you come home? Experts answer these questions below.
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the brave new world of COVID-19, home is your sanctuary, the one place you want to be sure is virus-free.
But if you have to head outdoors, what are the best practices for decontaminating your things when you return home? Does everything -- smartphones, wallets, money and keys -- need to be washed down with hot water and soap?
"We are all swimming through an invisible swamp of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites," noted Dr. Stephen Berger, co-founder of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network in Tel Aviv, Israel. "Those bookshelves and those pictures on the wall are teeming with ugly microbes. Not to mention your cellular phone, wristwatch, eyeglasses and everything else in your world."