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BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 08: A man wears a protective mask as he looks at his mobile phone while eating at a McDonald's restaurant in a residential neighbourhood on February 8, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 34000 in mainland China Saturday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicentre of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 724 on Saturday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travellers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A German study is making us get the alcohol out quickly, as researchers there say coronavirus can live on surfaces like the metal, glass or plastic on your phone for up to nine days.

The New York Post reported on the study, and reminds people that with your phones being so close to your mouth all the time, it’s probably a good idea to clean it regularly.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to solve the problem – alcohol pads. Just regularly wipe your phone off, just like you’re regularly washing your hands now too.

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.