The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a wave of ingenuity with new inventions that change the way we groom ourselves and take care of our health.
In addition to the development of vaccines at a record rate to fight Covid-19, other devices such as self-cleaning door handles and masks that also filter pollution have shown how human innovation has triumphed in a year of adversity.
Euronews takes a look at the latest Covid-inspired technologies.
1) The fan that also kills Covid
The Covid emergency ventilator not only helps patients breathe, but also cleans the room of viral particles so that only purified air is breathed.
It was designed in just three days by Dr Rhys Thomas of Glangwili Hospital in Wales.
The fan is also cheap and only takes a day to assemble, which means it is ideal for low- and middle-income countries.
2) The mask that barely lets anything in
Wearing a mask has become the new normal and one of the most important things What you can do to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
While many use disposable three-layer masks, others have hit the market that offer even more protection.
French company R-Pur has been making anti-pollution masks since 2015 and its mask has five layers that filter gases, pollen, particular toxic matter related to air pollution, and of course bacteria and viruses.
3) Self-cleaning door handle
Epidemiologists estimate that the coronavirus can live on steel for up to three days, making door handles an easy object to spread the infection.
But multiple solutions have been developed.
Swiss start-up Clean movement has built a handle that disinfects 99.9% of viruses and bacteria immediately by spreading a thin film of disinfectant on the surface.
Other inventions include door openers such as the Hygienehook, created by London designer Steve Brooks.
The hook fits in your pocket and is easy to clean so you can use it without having to touch any door handles.
4) The phone cleaning device.
With our smartphones in constant use held in our hands and pressed against our faces, their cleanliness is also key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
The company PhoneSoap uses UV-C light to kill 99.99 percent of germs and has two ports to charge your device at the same time. Just put it in the box and let it work its magic.
5) Eating bubbles safely
French designer Christophe gernigon has designed a range of protective plastic bubbles that can be lowered around seats and tables in cafes and restaurants to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Some are suspended from the ceiling and others are fixed directly to the table. They’re also relatively low-cost between € 114 and € 234, which means some restaurants may consider them a reasonable price – that’s once they reopen, of course.
6) The Covid monitoring app
The COVID Symptom Study app was launched by King’s College London and now has four million subscribers, all of whom track the specific nature of their coronavirus symptoms to help scientists understand how the virus works.
The researchers behind this say that the method of using a smartphone could be used in the future to understand other diseases.
7) The drone that delivers safely
Another innovation that has literally taken off is the drone delivery service. Manna. The Irish company delivers anything from medicine to food to its garden.
It also passes the products through UV light to kill germs.
8) The smartest smartwatch
The pandemic has made us much more aware of our own health. While smartwatches have been on the market for several years tracking our steps, heart rate, and how we sleep, the Withings Scanwatch ‘The s design is much more elegant than the standard smartwatch.
Euronews space, science and climate correspondent Jeremy Wilks tested it for two weeks.
“I can monitor my heart rate, the number of steps I have taken, the kilometers I walked, the oxygen level in my blood, monitor my sleep apnea and even do an EKG whenever I want,” he said.
“The fact that this particular watch has a classic look rather than looking too geeky sets it apart from the competition. At € 280, it is priced similarly to other smartwatches on the market from Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit that have the same type of health characteristics. “
9) Exercise from home safely
Subsequent closures have limited our movement, and while some people may have become best friends with their couches, others have been exercising from home since the gyms have closed.
This has led to an increase in sports-related injuries, said Nerio Alessandri, president and founder of the Italian sports machine company. Technogym.
Alessandri said that even physical therapists are using the company’s equipment.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism