If the coronavirus pandemic has you nervous to touch pretty much anything out in public, you’re not alone.
Concern over picking up the virus or other germs has sparked an uptick in key-like items called “touchless tools.”
Maybe you’ve seen them advertised on social media.
The tools are made to attach to keychains and have a hook at one end to prevent people from having to use their hands when doing everyday tasks like opening doors, hook bags or pressing elevator or ATM buttons.
Many are fashioned from brass — an alloy of copper and zinc — and some claim to be antimicrobial.
While some such tools were available pre-coronavirus, they seem to have popped up everywhere during the pandemic. Here are some of the most popular touch tools on the market.
TOUCHLESS HAND DOOR OPENER & STYLUS(VIRUS SAFETY DEVICE)
The Touchless Device is Rs 499 and also made of copper. Precision CNC machined solid copper & polished for Premium looks & Heavy pull load upto 7 Kg,” according to its website. The tool can be used to open doors and to press buttons or sign your name on touchscreens.
Its packaging claims the key “kills 99% of bacteria within two hours.”
One popular version from Peel is $35 and features a rounded hook to make it easier to open doors. The top of the hook is angled such that it can easily be used to press elevator buttons.
Another cool feature? Its handle doubles as a bottle opener, the company said online.
The CleanKey from KeySmart is $24.99 and also made of brass. The hook is more angular and claims to “reduce point-of-contact area by over 99%,” according to its website. The tool can be used to open doors and to press buttons or sign your name on touchscreens.
Its packaging claims the key “kills 99% of bacteria within three hours.”
The Milspin Covid Key is $25 and made of 260 brass “for maximum antimicrobial properties,” the company said online.
Like other touch tools, there’s a hook for opening drawers and doors and a nib on the end that makes it easy to use touchscreens like those in grocery stores or at ATMs.
The Kooty Key Germ Utility Hook is a little different than its brass brethren.
The $12.99 tool comes on a retractable key chain and claims to be made of “antimicrobial plastic,” according to its Amazon listing.
The end of the tool also has a rubber stopper to help prevent it from damaging any surfaces you may use it on.
Do you have larger hands? The $11.25 Hygiene Hand NonContact Stylus is your best bet as it has a larger finger loop than most other touch tools, Forbes reported.
It’s made from an aluminum alloy and can also be used to carry grocery bags or move chairs, according to its Walmart listing.