The virus lasts up to 4 weeks. The handhood protects you in 2 seconds.
Protects you when touching surfaces everyone is touching.
Germ protection on the go immediately. Confirmed by doctors.
Clean: The contact side is then wrapped up inside
Award winning designer. High quality fabrics. Made in the EU.
HANDHOOD® - The sensibly chic accessory for protection against viruses and bacteria
Designed in Berlin & Bielefeld. Fairly produced in Portugal from high-quality fabrics. € 16.90
Handles, buttons, shopping carts: the virus lasts for weeks *. The HANDHOOD protects you in 2 seconds.
A quick pull - and your new HANDHOOD can protect you from viruses and bacteria on surfaces. Immediately where we all always touch: on the handles on buses and trains, the shopping trolleys, ATMs, the buttons in the elevator. And: finally again Press the doorknobs without contortions, without elbows and without wearing out the sweater sleeve - wherever water and soap are far away.
Doctors of Infectious Diseases say: Touching a surface with a layer of textile instead of touching it with bare hands can protect us from infections with certain pathogens. But you should not touch the face with sleeves or gloves afterwards. But we know: it happens easily.
That is why the HANDHOOD is simply rolled back after it has been touched. The contact side is thereby wrapped inside. The HANDHOOD system is uniquely practical!
*According to the Australian science authority Csiro, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can survive for up to 28 days on smooth surfaces such as cell phone displays and ATMs. (As of 10/2020)
"... the hand hood. It is (...) currently being hyped on social networks."
“The handhood feels very valuable. And the silk paper and the envelope are also very stylish. "
"Works great and it's chic too."
"Today I was playing mini golf with my flat mates. My handhood was with me there. They all thought it was very cool and practical."
"On doorknobs, shopping trolleys or parking machines. Instead of touching the contaminated surfaces with pulled down sleeves or a glove, a new type of protection could help: the Handhood."
This is Cassian. Germany's best.
The man who gave our handhood the finishing touches: Cassian Zobel (21) is Germany's best young custom tailor. To this end, he was officially chosen by the Central Association of German Crafts last autumn. The man from Bielefeld says: "The Handhood just seems so logical to me. Sensible and extravagant. Developing the prototype for it was a lot of fun. A start-up right after the training. Feels really good."
Also, Cassian and his girlfriend Aylin are the models in the Handhood commercial above.
What was the design challenge? Cassian: "First: the thumb. It has now got its curve in the design and has space. Second: We absolutely wanted the handhood to be washable at 60 degrees. I was able to remove all applications with rubber. All the better. Now it is beautifully simple and elegant."
And the best? "I love two things: the robust, beautiful seams, which our colleagues from the production in Portugal are so enthusiastic about. And the flashy tab to activate it. We call them Fluppe internally. Which is actually nonsense. But has become so natural in the team."
Cassian is already dreaming of the next HANDHOOD-Variants: "Then there will not be just new colors. "
Your questions - and our answers (FAQ)
What do experts say? Can a HANDHOOD protect against infections?
Infectious diseases doctors say: touching surfaces with a sleeve or glove instead of touching them with bare hands can protect us from infections with certain pathogens. Shortly afterwards we should just not touch our face with our glove or sleeve. But of course that can quickly happen unconsciously. We say: With the HANDHOOD, the risk is significantly lower here. It is rolled back immediately after its use. The contact side is turned inwards and wrapped away.
What kind of infections can the HANDHOOD protect against?
Many of the infectious diseases can not only be transmitted through the air we breathe via droplets, but also from your own hand into your mouth, eyes and nose. For example, when someone else coughs or sneezes into their hand and shortly afterwards takes hold of handles on the bus, which we then take hold of too. Or when aerosols from the air sink onto surfaces. Even if there are no more secretion droplets floating in the air, viruses and bacteria can linger on surfaces for hours, sometimes days or weeks, depending on the type of pathogen.
Other germs are even predominantly transfered by "contact infections" , so typically via unclean hands - for example after contact with contaminated surfaces.
In both cases, a fabric protective screen like the HANDHOOD can help reduce the risk of infection.
Can the HANDHOOD also protect against corona virus?
According to the current state of science, SARS-CoV2 is essentially transmitted via the air we breathe. But the German Robert Koch Institute in Berlin says SARS-CoV2 can stay infectious on surfaces for up to several days. Australian experterts say: up to 28 days. And as soon as the droplets from the breath have sunk to surfaces or have been transferred to surfaces by contaminated hands of infected people, it could be that we still pick up "active" pathogens with our hands from the surfaces and bring them into the mouth, nose or eyes. The HANDHOOD can prevent that in two seconds. If you drag the tab over your fingers before touching the surfaces, your hands will stay cleaner.
How hygienic is the HANDHOOD after its use?
The contact side is turned inside out after use, so it is "hidden".
If you then touch the HANDHOOD, you do it on the side that was not in contact with the surfaces. This is the great HANDHOOD advantage compared to gloves made of fabric or the sleeve of your sweater.
To You should wash the HANDHOOD after it is used. That works at 60 ° C.
Textiles are not considered particularly germ-friendly by experts because of their relatively good ventilation. But washing is safer.
Overview: which germs are active on which surfaces for how long?
The Corona virus SARS-CoV2 can "survive" on smooth surfaces such as cell phone displays and ATMs for up to 28 days, i.e. remain functional, as the Australian science authority Csiro writes in the journal ViroloGy journal (October 2020).
The following were tested on dry, lifeless surfaces *:
Flu virus: up to 2 days
Noro- and rhinovirus: up to 7 days
Rotavirus: up to 8 weeks
Streptococci: up to 6 months
Salmonella: up to 4 years (proven on a sample of dust that was regularly enriched with nutrients)
So you see: It is always clever to have a HANDHOOD with you.
* Source: BMC BioMed Central - Infectious Diseases, Quarks WDR Western German Television
Can I use touch displays with the HANDHOOD?
Many of them es. Various smartphone displays, ticket machines, car sharing sat navs, ATMs. We tested it and were thrilled: Most displays react without any problems. Just signing with your finger to confirm - for example with the parcel carrier - doesn't work so well. But you usually do that at home anyway, where there is water and soap directly.
What is better about the HANDHOOD than a glove?
The answer: The unbeatable flexibility!
If you touch an unclean surface with a glove, you then have to pluck finger by finger from the hand in order to benefit from your clean fingers. And where do you go with that thing? In the pocket. In order to then pull it out at every doorknob or handle. That takes time and is annoying. The HANDHOOD is always ready for use on the wrist in two seconds. And you'll expose your clean fingers in two seconds. Without rummaging around. Neatly turned inside out. This will increase your motivation to touch buttons, handles and displays even more securely without exeptions here an there.
Can I hold a pen with the HANDHOOD?
Yes, even if it is unfamiliar at first: with a few seconds of practice, you can also write like this. For example, when filling out Corona contact lists in restaurants and cafes, you no longer have to touch pens that have been used by hundreds of others with bare fingers. That just makes going out safer for you.
How do I take care of my HANDHOOD?
The HANDHOOD can be washed at 60 degrees. That is enough for most pathogens in our latitudes.
And Corona? "Even at the lowest temperatures of washing machines (30 degrees for wool, delicates), the addition of detergent leads to the reliable 'death' of the new SARS coronavirus 2", writes the Austrian agency for health and food safety Ages. The hygiene expert Franz Daschner told the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT: "60 degrees in the washing machine is foolproof."
Some other pathogens can only be defeated at over 60 degrees. With the exception of towels and bed linen, modern textiles cannot withstand this in the long term. Neither does the HANDHOOD because of its elasticity. But there is a trick that also works with jeans and sweaters: Let time go by.
The Noro virus, for example, which is responsible for gastrointestinal diseases, survives washing at 60 degrees (and can even withstand many hand disinfectants). However, it becomes inactive after seven to 14 days in the air. So if you want to be on the safe side, you can do it like many doctors with their FFP2 mask: leave your HANDHOOD for a long time and wear a second one on you. Like your socks. You usually have more than two of them.
Is the HANDHOOD a medical product?
No. It is a sensible accessory that allows you to spontaneously shield your hands with a textile layer when you touch surfaces. According to experts, a layer of textile like a sleeve is one way of reducing the number of pathogens on the hands. So that we all like to wear the HANDHOOD, it is made of a material that is comfortable to wear over a long period of time and - we think - also looks good. This material cannot offer the safety of surgical gloves. But who likes to wear surgical clothing all day? You can always wear the HANDHOOD on the go. And wash at 60 degrees.
Who invented the HANDHOOD?
We are a start-up from Berlin and also from the up-and-coming start-up paradise Bielefeld in Germany close to Hannover.
The idea for the HANDHOOD came from Marcus, who as a journalist often dealt with the topic of infectious diseases such as Corona, and at some point was so disgusted with touching buttons and handles in public that he said to himself: It can't go on like this.
And Germany's best young custom tailor in 2019 has refined the HANDHOOD to the millimeter: our teammate Cassian Zobel.
The HANDHOODS are sewn in the European Union. Namely in Portugal.
How is the HANDHOOD packed?
We spoke to our partners in Portugal: We all want to avoid plastic. Each HANDHOOD is therefore individually wrapped in silk paper by hand. That makes unpacking more fun.