Having to touch surfaces that other people touch in public spaces is complicated by two factors - 1) we instinctively touch our eyes, nose, and mouth with our hands (the locations on our face where disease can either enter or exit our body) 2) diseases can survive on surfaces for extended periods of time.
I will leave you with the challenge of retraining your instinct to avoid touching your face and disinfecting surfaces at routine intervals. This project focuses only on solutions that allow you to avoid touching shared surfaces with your hands in the first place. The logic assumed is simple - if you never touch it with your hands, the probability that you will touch it to your eyes, nose, or mouth is very remote.
Devices or design features that allow us to avoid touching shared surfaces are nearly common place in public bathrooms - automatically activated facets and hand dryers, bathrooms with snaked entry ways so doors are not required, automatically flushing toilets, etc. Yet, other public spaces are less equipped and require that everyone touch the shared surface in order to function in the space.
Any opportunity to avoid touching shared surfaces with your hands in public spaces is an opportunity to prevent the spread of the disease.
For practicality, all project solutions shall meet these requirements:
- no electricity
- hardware store and 3D printed parts only
- if it requires 3D printed parts, print in less than six hours
- assemble and install in less than one hour