Unlike what was thought until a few weeks ago, new research seems to confirm that the coronavirus survives on surfaces, such as the iPhone, iPad and keyboards of Mac. But for how long? What are the real dangers? How to contain the risks?
Because of its resistance to the coronavirus on surfaces?
To this day, nobody knows with certainty for how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces, but there are some estimates which give an idea of the possible risks if you believe your device has been exposed to the COVID-19.
According to recent studies by the National Institutes of Health and the Universities of Princeton and California, the coronavirus can survive for two to three days on plastic and steel, two materials commonly used in electronic devices. At the moment no tests have been conducted on the full glass or aluminum for which it is not yet clear if and for how long the COVID-19 also resists on these surfaces.
Studies on the previous coronavirus have established with certainty that the virus can survive on surfaces such as metal and glass for a period varying from a few to several days. SARS, for example, survived for two days on the steel, for a few hours on the aluminium, for four days on glass, and up to five days on metals and plastics. Of course, SARS is very different from the COVID-19, but these final results we can, however, give a further confirmation that this type of virus is able to resist on the surfaces, but with variable times.
What materials do you use Apple?
Most of the Apple products like iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro is built with various type of aluminum. On portable devices such as iPhone and iPad, the use of aluminum or stainless steel is typically limited to the chassis, with the glass that constitutes the largest part of the surface that we touch every day. Unfortunately, the latest research has not included the aluminum in the test.
The keyboards and mice manufactured by Apple are easier to analyze. Usually, these devices are made of plastic with some metal components: on these surfaces, the virus can survive from two to three days. Many iPhone users probably use a case on your device. If that enclosure is plastic, then the virus can survive up to three days.
As far as the Apple products in stainless steel like the Apple Watch or some iPhone such as the iPhone X and iPhone 11 Pro), by the last of the lab testing we know that the virus can survive from two to three days on this material.
In general, up to when there will be answers more clear on glass and aluminum, it is more safe to assume that the coronavirus is able to survive on your Apple products for two or three days, because that is the average time (confirmed on other materials.
How to clean Apple devices
In order to limit the risks, the advice is to clean on a daily basis Apple devices, and not just when you suspect that they may have been contaminated. For this, we refer to our guide on how to clean it to the best iPhone and iPad.
The first tip is to avoid the sharing of your Apple products with other people. This applies to the iPhone and the iPad, but also for the MacBook or the iMac keyboard.
Apple has also updated its guidelines on the cleaning of their products. It is possible to use a tissue soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol or wipes disinfectant Clorox to clean up and delete all the germs. First, Apple did not include any reference to this type of products:
Using a wipe with 70% isopropyl alcohol or disinfectant wipes Clorox, you can gently clean the surfaces that are hard and non-porous your Apple product, such as display, keyboard, or other external surfaces. Do not use bleach. Avoid take moisture in any opening and do not submerge the Apple product in detergents. Do not use on surfaces made of fabric or leather.
A few simple rules to avoid any risk.