A top official from Dubai Police confirmed that mobile phones can be a source of the deadly coronavirus without one’s knowledge.
In a Gulf News report, Maj. Dr. Rashid Al Ghafri, Director of Training and Development at the General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology at Dubai Police, said that they that conducted a research along with a group of scientist at a number of Australian universities that proved phones represent a pathway for microbial transmission including Covid-19.
“We analyzed different mobile phones and found hundreds of microbes on their surfaces. Mobile phones carry infectious pathogens such as bacteria and viruses like Covid-19. Phones are likely to be ‘Trojan Horse’ that contribute to community transmission in pandemics,” he said in the report.
The research instigates that the result poses a serious health concern among people, from workplaces, public transports, cruise ships and in airplanes, among others.
“Mobile phones generate heat while using and it stumulates the microbes to stay for longer and reproduce. phones are likely to assist the spread of viruses including coronavirus,” Al Ghafri added.
The official urged the public that aside from regularly washing their hands, they should also disinfect their phones to prevent the spread of the virus.
He recommends everyone to use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol spray or other disinfectant methods to clean their mobile phones.