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Coronavirus: How to clean your mobile phone



You should be washing your hands frequently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as much as you can, but have you also remembered to clean the one device we touch the most throughout the day?

It’s not difficult to clean your mobile and in-fact all you need is a couple of microfibre cloths, water and simple soap.

How to clean your mobile phone

1: Unplug you phone and turn it off

Make sure your phone isn’t plugged in and turn it off.

2: Remove any case the phone may be in

If you put your mobile in a case then take it out. You may need to use the same cleaning advice to clean your case as well.

3: DO NOT use any chemicals or abrasive wipes and no hand gels (these can damage your screen which usually has a protective coating across it

Chemicals and anti-bacterial wipes can damage your phones screen. Use simple soap instead with water as this can be the most effective way to get rid of the bacteria.

4: Using a microfibre cloth, dampen it with water and just basic soap

Don’t soak the cloth and only a little soap will be needed.

5: Gently rub all surfaces with the damp cloth

Be gentle and make sure you wipe all the surfaces and the sides.

6: Ensure you DO NOT get any moisture in any of the phones openings even if your phone is water-resistant

Even water-resistant phones can lose their protection over time so be very careful not to get any mositure in any of the openings such as the phone jack or where you plug in your charger.

7: Using a clean microfibre cloth dry all the surfaces

Using another clean microfibre cloth dry all the surfaces and do not miss the edges.


The moment you touch your phone after cleaning it then you are going to instantly put germs back onto it, so make sure you wash your hands to minimise this as best you can.


How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map



The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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