With the spread of the coronavirus looming large in every headline in the whole world, you are no doubt looking to reduce your risk and stop the spread of these germs. You should first start by washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, and then avoiding crowds.
If you are looking for a more hi-tech approach, there are these few smart home gadgets that can help. Some of the devices I am going to share here are going to stop the spread of the germs though none of these devices is guaranteed to stop the spread of the illness.
However, they can be of great help either by killing bacteria and viruses directly or minimizing the chances that you will touch a surface that is contaminated.
Smart Lock and Juno Door Knob by Kwikset
However, many types of bacteria live on doorknobs; this means that you can pick up something nasty just by opening the door. Kwikset provides a solution with Microban technology, a special type of coating that is able to kill bacteria.
Microban antimicrobial product protection is a built in active ingredient which enables products to resist the growth of microbes like bacteria, molds, and mildew. This helps the products to remain cleaner, fresher, and last longer than the products with untreated surfaces.
The coating is said to last for the lifetime of the doorknob. Kwikset sells these doorknobs in a wide variety of shapes and styles, and you can be able to find one that matches your home and design. There is no need to settle for a less than pleasing aesthetic for the sake of safety.
Here is a note!
Microban can kill bacteria, but no virus. Coronavirus, better known as Covid-19, is a virus. But still, you can use this smart lock to unlock a door hands-free, which means that you don’t have to touch the doorknob as often.
This is the point where it can help in the spread of the coronavirus. You can have a look at it here on Amazon from there listing here on the cheap.
A home steam cleaner or dry cleaner may not be your first thought when it comes to stopping germs, but come to think about it. How many of your clothes go for a week or two at a time without a wash because you have to dry clean them?
This is why there is the Samsung Airdresser, a closet shaped device that can hold several shirts, jackets, and other clothes. Once you put the clothes in the Airdresser, it then cleans or steams them.
This is important because it will dry and straighten your clothes, eliminate smells, and kills some of the germs. The heat generated is one important thing that will help in killing the virus. A press release by Samsung mentions that it is able to get rid of 99% of four types of viruses, adenovirus, influence, herpesvirus, and coronavirus.
It may not be perfect sanitation, but it is a big step over having nothing at all. Of course, you may even wash all of your clothes in warm water or run them through the dryer to kill most of the germs.
If you have clothing that requires special care, a device like this Samsung Airdresser is the way to go. It will soon be available for purchase.
U by Moen Smart Faucet
Washing your hands in a bathroom has always been a strange concept. Even after washing them with soap and water, you have to touch the probably dirty handle again to turn off the faucet.
This is the problem U by Moen solves by providing the users with a smart faucet that can be activated with a wave of the hand. You can also use both Google Home or Amazon Alexa to reach the precise water temperatures, run specific amounts of water, and even more.
These faucets come with elegant design as well as a manual handle on the side for when you don’t want to use the voice commands. U by Moen does not kill the virus, Like coronavirus, but it does minimize the contact you make while washing your hands.
This will help in reducing the possibility of picking up a virus from a surface that is contaminated. It will be most helpful in large households, organizations, and public offices that see a lot of traffic as people come and go.
I was surprised at how they are listed cheaply in this amazon listing here; you can check them out.
HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer
Your phone is gross. A study was done by Time Magazine in 2017, and it found that the average smartphone is ten times dirtier than a toilet seat.
However, sanitizing your phone can become a hassle, especially if your phone is not water resistant. Proper sanitization requires that you pay attention to more details.
If you miss a corner may spoil all the efforts you have put in place as your hands will have spread the remaining germs to the whole phone again across the phone.
So the alternative is to use UV light. This is where the HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer comes in to help. It claims to kill up to 99% of bacteria and viruses with the UV light alone.
It takes thirty seconds per side to sanitize. The best thing of all is that it is also portable, you can take it with you everywhere you go.
The UV clean Phone sanitizer has 70 uses per charge, so when you power it in the night, you will have it ready for sanitization the whole day long.
You can have a look at them here on Amazon and see their reviews too.
BlueAir Classic 480i Air Purifier
A study was done by digital trends on if air purifiers can protect you from the coronavirus, and unfortunately, it can’t combat other causes of respiratory problems and improve the overall quality in your room.
This is because a standard HEPA filter is not able to capture and destroy something that is as small as a virus, even if the virus is captured, it is likely that it will survive for some time.
This makes an air purifier as an imperfect solution. Though it purifies the air, but not the surfaces, so a purifier alone can never serve as the solution for the virus. Also, most of the home purifiers use filters that catch a virus.
But this BlueAir Classic 480i is a rare example of a purifier from the rest that can be able to catch a virus. The deprotection of the company claims that it blocks 99.99% of the 12 most common airborne viruses and bacteria, which include H1N1 and E.Coli.
If you are suffering from asthma, an air purifier can help you to breathe easily. This classic 480i is quiet even when on its highest speed, you will be able to sleep soundly without being disturbed with noise.
An air purifier alone is not enough to help you and protect you, but if you want a purifier that can scrub a virus from the air, BlueAir’s Classic 480i is definitely among the few options that are available.
You can check them out here on this Amazon listing.
iRobot Braava Jet m6
Everyone knows that the floor is always dirty. Germs and bacteria can thrive on surfaces of wood and laminated ones, especially those that don’t see cleaning frequently well. But who wants the hassle?
That is where the iRobot Braava Jet m6 comes in the ass. It helps you to clean your floors for your floors. It works well in conjunction with the iRobot Roomba i7 and can also follow in the path of the robot vacuum, mopping the floor after it has pulled up any debris that may be left behind.
Although the Braava Jet m6 recommends against using other cleaning solutions besides those that come with it, its solutions have chemicals that are designed to remove stains and eliminate odors, both of which can help in killing bacteria.
You can have a look at them here in this listing.
Shine Bathroom Assistant
If you have to mention the dirtiest job in the house, it would likely be cleaning the toilet. This is a dirty job, and it takes a long time and wastes a lot of water.
This is where the Shine Bathroom Assistant comes in. It is an automated toilet cleaner that sprays the cleaning solution directly into the bowl. It promises a squeaky clean toilet, and there is no scrubbing involved.
The solution deodorizes and decontaminates the inside of the toilet bowl automatically without using harsh chemicals while also diagnosing any leaks based on water usage.
This product is currently available on the shines website.
Ecovacs Winbot X
The Ecovacs Winbot X is a robot vacuum for the windows, a device that is automated and travels across the glass of your windows and cleans as it goes.
It comes in because, in the fight against germs, windows are usually overlooked, but the often moist environment around windowsills is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can then move to the glass itself.
Winbot X uses a four-stage cleaning system that squeegees and wipes the window clean. You may also activate the deep clean mode.
The device uses suction and tether system to ensure that it stays attached to the window without falling and put the window at risk.
You can get them here in this listing.
Remember to wash your hands.
You should remember to always wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and protect others by staying at home if you feel ill.
The products that I have recommended in this article can help protect you by keeping the surfaces clean and reducing exposure, but they are not miracles. And there is a reason for that. This is because viruses and bacteria can become hard to avoid, and they tend to linger on surfaces long after an infected individual passes by. That is why none of these devices promises perfect protection.
Infact, I would recommend a healthy dose of skepticism. Be wary of any gadgets that promise full protection against illness without caveats.