Do You Need to Disinfect Your Phone?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: Do you need to disinfect your phone?

Oz says: You don't have to go overboard. Many device screens have a layer that repels smudges and makes microbes less likely to stick to the surface. So a sweep with a microfiber cloth (moistened is best) should remove most trouble, says Dubert Guerrero, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

If you're around a lot of germs, it's worth taking the steps below.

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1. No, Don't Dunk It! But wipe it down frequently if you tend to pass it around or take it into the bathroom.

2. Use a Waterproof Case. Make sure it's one you can clean with a disinfectant wipe if you work in a hospital or a school.

This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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