The Friday Five – COVID-19 Innovations
There is no arguing the fact that the coronavirus pandemic impacted and changed lives across the globe. This week’s Friday Five takes a look at some of the innovative products that were created to help us adapt to our new normal and keep ourselves safe.
Face-Touch Prevention Wearable
Keep germs on your hands out of your mouth, nose, & eyes with Immutouch Guard, a smartband that vibrates every time you touch your face, keeping you safe today and building clean habits for tomorrow.
— immutouch (@immutouch) May 15, 2020
PPE Vending Machines
Here in the U.S. Americans never miss an opportunity to profit, pandemic or no pandemic. Vending machine companies jumped right in to make a buck while helping keep citizens and their surrounding safe by rethinking their machines offerings. Next to the snacks and sodas, Sani Centers were born providing customers easy access to personal protective equipment or PPE, disinfection supplies, safety products and more.
Additionally, across the pond, Selecta, a European route-based unattended self-service provider, launched a range of convenient hygiene and safety solutions for public and private vending as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, helping customers and consumers feel safe as lockdown measures begin to ease in Europe.
My first encounter with a PPE vending machine in the wild! pic.twitter.com/IY9a79mdEY
— Robert S Pugliese (@RSPugliese) April 16, 2021
Bleach Wipes that Highlight Disinfected Surfaces
A company called Kinnos (@KinnosInc) is at the forefront of color technology revolutionizing how we use disinfectants. The company’s flagship product, Highlight, is a patented and award-winning color additive platform that improves disinfection technique and compliance. Highlight for Bleach Wipes colors the disinfecting wipes that hospitals worldwide depend upon for keeping surfaces clean, enabling users for the first time to visualize disinfection coverage instantly.
Disinfecting surfaces is a critical part of preventing the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that afflict 2 million patients in the US annually.
We’re here to help. https://t.co/4bAACVl8sc
— Kinnos (@KinnosInc) June 10, 2021
A Wearable Social Distancing Device
While some are still working from home, many of us are going back to the office and data shows people aren’t social distancing appropriately. FaceFence™ is a wearable that helps enforce social distancing so you don’t have to.
The FaceFence™ is a versatile wearable, which sends an alert when people get too close. Because experts say masks aren’t enough…https://t.co/Q879S6B2H5
@mashable@annierpalmer@govtechnology @EmWaltz @designboom
— MyFaceFence (@FaceFence) September 17, 2020
Buyer Beware! Watch Out for Fraudulent Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters to firms for selling fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The FDA is exercising its authority to protect consumers from firms selling unapproved products and making false or misleading claims, including, by pursuing warning letters, seizures, injunctions or criminal prosecutions against products and firms or individuals that violate the law.