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Coronavirus: How to clean your mobile phone

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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.

8: KEEP WASHING YOUR HANDS

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.

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Over 580 people come forward to become a police emergency volunteer in Sussex

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The Chief Constable has praised hundreds of members of the public who have come forward to offer their services to support the county’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following a call for support last week, more than 580 members of the public have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer to help support Surrey Police and Sussex Police should resources reduce or additional specific skills and experience are required.

Sussex Police is continuing to plan ahead during this period of dealing with Covid-19 and as such, is creating a database of retired police officers, specials and police staff who may wish to return to policing for a temporary period, and members of the public who may have specific skills that would be of use.

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said:

“We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer.

“We were delighted with the response we received and believe it demonstrates the great sense of community here in Sussex, with everyone wanting to pull together and help.

“This is also reflected in how the vast majority of the public are already supporting the force’s work by adhering to the government guidelines to stay indoors, to only travel when essential and to observe safe social distancing.”

As the situation progresses over the next few weeks, Sussex Police will continue to monitor its resourcing levels and assess the potential demand for additional roles. If it is felt a person’s particular skills can be utilised, Sussex Police will make contact with them.

CC Giles York added:

“We will endeavour to update all those who have expressed an interest in becoming a police emergency volunteer, but due to the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the situation and the volume of expressions we have received, this may not always be possible.

“We ask people to please bear with us and know that even if we don’t respond to you immediately, we are incredibly grateful to you for expressing an interest in supporting Sussex Police.”

Sussex Police continues to engage with members of the public and explain the importance of following the government guidance, to protect public health and the NHS.

CC Giles York said:

“We are encouraging people to comply with the government guidance but if faced with non-compliance we will, if necessary and proportionate, follow up with enforcement action as set out in the new legislation.

“Sussex Police has a strong relationship with our communities and I know my officers will be using their skills and powers in a way that maintains public support. I have received many messages of support from community leaders and the public and am pleased to pass them onto officers who are taking personal risks to protect the NHS, they really make a difference. 

“We would also like to reassure the public that although we are putting these contingency plans in place, we are still in a position to respond to emergencies and carry out the normal day-to-day policing expected of us, to keep the public and our communities safe.”

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