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We've all gotten a cold and had no idea where it came from. When it's just the sniffles, we barely give it a second thought. Maybe we caught it from our family, maybe a stranger — or maybe we didn't catch it from being close to anyone at all. After all, bacteria and allergens can come from almost anywhere and live on common surfaces for hours — even days.

Fast-forward to the new reality of a global pandemic, and that knowledge of how diseases spread can be a frightening thing. It's relatively easy to protect yourself from firsthand infection of the coronavirus by following the CDC's six-foot separation rule. But you're still in danger of contamination from those surfaces and objects that a carrier may have touched along the way.

What can you do? Sometimes, the most valuable weapons in your health arsenal are the most simple. A tiny bottle of hand sanitizer, a cloth mask — and this antimicrobial touch tool from SafeFinger.

The principle is simple: Viruses and other disease-causing microorganisms live on a variety of surfaces, so all you need is to avoid touching those surfaces. This brass tool does that for you, effectively functioning as an extra digit that you can use for punching in security codes, choosing items on a touchscreen and manipulating small objects. Just wrap the loop at one end around your finger and you've got total control. Thanks to a small hook at one end, you can use it to pull as well as push — perfect for door handles.

It's completely portable, with a keychain loop at one end for easy access. Best of all, the entire sturdy tool is made of brass — a metal that can be significantly less hospitable to most microorganisms. Even after the pandemic is over, you'll find this tiny gadget invaluable for staying healthy.

Best of all, the SafeFinger Antimicrobial Brass Keychain Touch Tool is on sale now for more than 25% off the MSRP. Macworld readers can pick theirs up here for $21.99.

SafeFinger Antimicrobial Brass Keychain Touch Tool - $21.99

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