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Post-It Pearl

Post-It Pearl

Prevent Your Phone from Spreading COVID-19

Lin, Michelle MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000669348.18679.0b
    coronavirus, COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined how hospital workers prepare to go to work and how they can remain virus-free when returning home. Your cell phone is often an overlooked vehicle for harboring the virus before spreading it to your hands and even face.

    Instead of relying on careful cleaning of every nook and cranny of the phone and its case every time you touch it, wrap and seal your phone in a clear sandwich bag. The phone's touchscreen still functions normally. Wipe down the outside of the bag between uses, and discard it at the conclusion of your shift.

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    Dr. Linis the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine ( and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California San Francisco with interests in health professions education and digital scholarship. Follow her on Instagram@MichelleLinMDand on Twitter@M_Lin.

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