COVID-19: Expert wants Careful Handling of Keys, Phones, Naira Notes


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Dr Femi Aina of Ayoola Hospital, Kilanko, Ilorin, has called for caution in the careless handling of phones, keys and naira notes in the face of spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Aina said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday, while reacting to the confirmation of the second case of the global pandemic disease in the country

According to him, these items are capable of carrying germs which can lead to infection, noting that most people handle phones even while eating.

He said that people often carry phones, keys and naira notes in their hands and unconsciously with the same hands take up food to eat.

“You see the way we use phones is becoming habitual, some carry their phones to the toilet, to the dining table, kitchen and the likes.

“And while they are there, they keep touching the phones and cook or eat at the same time.

“The same goes for our keys, we carry them at intervals, but we hardly disinfect our keys and it is dangerous.

“As much as we practice good hygiene, we must be careful with these three things, because they are capable of carrying germs and infections,” he said.

The doctor however advised that keys be disinfected regularly by washing in disinfectants, and for phones, one should dip a clean cotton in disinfectant water and squeeze dry to clean a phone’s outer surface.

He also urged the public to always have handy sanitizers that contain alcohol for use at intervals in order to prevent being infected with Covid-19.

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