Whether you want to protect against COVID-19 or just give all your gadgets a deep-clean while you’re stuck at home, now’s the ideal time! Here’s how you can safely clean your tech gadgets, without damaging anything.
In the best of times, CES is disgusting. Previous to this year, when CES was moved online because of an increasingly deadly pandemic, the tentpole event for the consumer technology industry was notorious for being a cesspool of germs. Hundreds of thousands of attendees would congregate in Las Vegas every January to crowd together, cough into the air, and unwittingly smear their excretions across touchscreens, rotating TVs, and robot bartenders.
“We talk about CES as a petri dish,” says Carolina Milanesi, a technology analyst and founder of the market research firm The Heart of Tech. “You touch a lot of stuff all the time. Catching the flu at CES is something we always do, every year.”
But this year’s virtual event will be the cleanest of them all, and not just because there aren’t any crowds to sneeze on. With the world still gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, the first-ever online CES has become a place for companies to show off new tech meant to make the world more sanitary.
We’re all trying our best to minimise the spread of the virus through our own little ways. Aside from keeping a distance from other people, we make sure we have alcohol, sanitisers, and anti-bacterial soaps to rid of any germs that may have gone into contact with our hands. However, most of us don’t realise that the dirt and viruses we’re trying to get rid off can attach themselves to objects we touch and carry with us at all times — stuff like our gadgets.
Yup, you read that right — according to Forbes, our smartphones, tablets, game controllers, keyboards, and remote controls are the top five gadgets with more germs than a toilet seat. Not to mention, studies conducted by researchers from the University Medicine Greifswald in Germany have shown that the coronaviruses can live on inanimate surfaces for hours for up to nine days. What can we do about that? Simple: we sanitise these objects we use often. That si, we list down gadget disinfection tips so you can remove harmful microbes from your devices safely.