TL;DR: Avoid touching public surfaces with the Hygiene Hand for $19.99, a 20% savings as of April 29.
The World Health Organization reports that coronavirus pathogens can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. In other words, we need to stop touching things and keep washing our hands. But naturally, that’s easier said than done. You can’t really avoid door handles, elevator buttons, or punching your PIN into the card reader at the grocery store. That’s where the inspiration came from for StatGear’s Hygiene Hand, which has raised more than $580,000 on Kickstarter in the last month.
We know what you’re thinking — this thing looks weirdly familiar. And yes, while we did indeed feature a similar product recently, it was such a hit that we went looking for alternatives. And here’s the main difference: Hygiene Hand is an everyday carry tool designed by an actual NYC paramedic to help reduce the number of things you have to touch every day. Plus, unlike the extremely similar CleanKey, this one’s made in the USA and will ship faster, meaning you won’t have to wait as long to brave the grocery store with some added safety measures.
Hygiene Hand is made from brass with 70% copper and features a large loop to slip your finger into for leverage. It’s designed to hook onto round handles, so you can open and close doors without touching them, and also works as a stylus in place of your finger. The flat tip is safe to use on phones, ATM screens, point of sale machines, and more.
Even though the Hygiene Hand helps you live a more germ-conscious lifestyle, you should still wash your hands and wear a mask in shared spaces, as per the CDC. It’s not magic, but it will make your life a little safer and healthier. Just clip it on your keychain and start navigating your way through the grocery store, bank, or pharmacy without touching things.
The Kickstarter campaign surpassed its initial $5,000 goal by an astronomical amount. Get on board and grab yourself one for just $19.99, which is 20% off retail value.