Last week we asked you all to share your coronavirus questions and tips for avoiding stress with us, and we got more than a dozen replies. We’ll keep updating this post with more of your questions and answers, here’s what we’ve got for now:
Still don’t have a good answer about how to clean my iPhone 10. A microfiber cloth (as is recommended on several articles online) won’t exactly disinfect it. Need advice of what to do/not do as our phones are apparently full of germs and tricky as you can’t exactly get them wet to wipe down.
The best recommendations from experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to use a product like a disinfectant wipe or some other spray to wipe your phone down or saturate it with a decent amount of a solution like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. The microfiber cloth is what you’d want to use to then dry off your phone to avoid them staying wet and causing any additional damage.
Here’s Apple’s official statement on cleaning their products: “Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.”
And as with most general advice around COVID-19, keep your hands clean and consistently clean commonly touched surfaces because you’re most likely putting your phone on them when you’re not checking it for more updates.
Will III Points be cancelled? — Rosalyn Delgado
At this point, it’s still unclear. The latest CDC recommendation on March 15 called for canceling or postponing any mass gathering of more than 50 people, in the next eight weeks or so. And today’s announcement limits those gatherings to 10 people or less.
The organizers haven’t made any official statement on the matter but the festival, as it’s currently scheduled, would fall in that two-month window.
In the meantime, we’ve reached out to a festival spokesperson and will keep you updated here if we learn more before the festival announces anything official.
News says that the virus is really only serious for people with “underlying” medical conditions. Which ones exactly? Only respiratory or also diabetes, previous cancer survivor, etc.? — Dara Schoenwald
The CDC’s description — based on the virus’s origin in Wuhan, China — the people most at risk includes older adults and people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
The World Health Organization provides a bit more detail noting that older adults means people who are 60 and older and includes these medical conditions when describing folks at a higher risk saying: “those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer).”
In general, anyone with some of the above conditions and folks with compromised immune systems are considered higher risk.