Did you know that your smartphone can kill you before the COVID-19 virus?
Browsing the Internet and staying connected with our mobile devices has become almost second nature to many of us.
You probably spend more time on your device more than anything else during the lockdown. With free WIFI and streaming, you get to toggle between Netflix, emails, zoom calls, games, listening to your music, and even exercising with your smartphone.
You sleep with it next to you. Say all your “Good Mornings” to your groups on WhatsApp, Telegram, and WeChat.
Exchange memes, gifs, videos, and share links and news faster than any news portal.
But is it safe?
Is your smartphone secured?
Most of the time, we think of keeping our smartphones safe from thefts, viruses, and hacks.
Our smartphones hold a massive amount of personal data. Most of us create strong passwords and our phone’s software up to date to keep our data private.
This is just keeping our smartphone secured.
Are you addicted to your smartphone?
When do you allow your child to use a smartphone?
How the battery in your smartphone could kill you.
Constantly checking the news for more bad news is very bad for your health. It is hard to escape the sense of panic around Covid-19. If you get into a cycle that leaves you with chronically high anxiety levels, this may lead to fear and depression.
It would help if you prioritized your self-care when it comes to mental health. What you see, what you listen to, what you hear.
High levels of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, can lead to all kinds of health issues, including heart attacks, dementia, diabetes, and depression.
The battery could overheat and explode.
Constant and repeated use of your hand-held device can cause the temperature inside the battery to rise rapidly. The battery can explode due to the increased pressure.
Your handphone could overheat and burn you.
If it creates a spark, the flammable liquid can ignite, causing a fire.
Temperature rise slowly
The battery can melt, and the liquid inside can leak out.
The smartphone radiation could give you cancer.
Cell phones emit radiofrequency radiation (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antennas.
Your data connection speed depends on your device and your cell network, and the antenna’s signal quality. Parts of your body nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy.
You could fall down the stairs (or off a cliff) while texting and walking.
Texting while walking is the same as distracted driving. You can injure yourself or others and cause an accident.
You could die while taking a selfie.
The growing list of serious injuries and deaths before, during, or after taking a photo of themselves due to accidents is alarming. Your smartphone can kill you only if you use it the wrong way.
Its battery dies, and you could end up having a complete meltdown.
A cellophane battery dying is worse for most people than a car battery before it forces you to grind to a halt. I can’t think, function, and at a complete loss without a smartphone. Carry a spare with you then.
Taking your phone to the bathroom
Unlike household alkaline batteries, which have a cell voltage of 1.5 volts, lithium-ion batteries have a cell voltage of 3.7 volts.
Using your phone in the bath or shower can be deadly. It electrocutes you as the electric shock sends high voltage or amps through your person’s body.
Sleeping with your smartphone isn’t so smart, okay?
According to the California Department of Public Health; Sleeping with your phone in your bed, near to your head, or under your pillow could increase the risk of brain cancer and tumors of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands.
Is your smartphone the silent killer?
That little smartphone you keep in your pocket, purse, or under your pillow at night has the potential to burst. All lithium-ion batteries are the same no matter what device it’s in – they all carry identical risks.
Spare batteries follow the same rule as those in your smartphones and can not be checked during flights. All airlines want you to carry them because they are afraid of the batteries touching, shorting out, and causing an explosion during a flight.
Exploding smartphone battery – what to do in case your phone explodes.
There are signs to look for in case of an exploding smartphone battery. You can feel the device heat up or feels unusually hot.
A spark can easily ignite it. If you use WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS simultaneously, it will cause the phone to overheat. The battery could overheat and explode. You wouldn’t want your smartphone to kill you before the virus.
Your smartphone can kill you, and the charger could electrocute you.
You can save money and buy all sorts of chargers and cables. When you use these to charge the device, it will be slower than the charger that came with the phone. A charger relies on the contained transfer of a certain amount of electrical current. If the electrical transfer is not properly contained, unsuspecting phone users can end up shocked, burned, and in some cases, hospitalized.
Unless you live a life in a signal black spot, you will need to lock your smartphone in a safe and throw away the key.