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Coronavirus Spurs Demand for Touchless Technology

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Until recently, many people didn’t think twice about signing their name on a store payment screen at checkout, or touching a door handle on the way out of the office. But now, communal surfaces are feared as potential sources of contagion, leading U.S. consumers to rethink a host of behaviors ranging from the way they pay for goods to the way they flush toilets.

Covid-19 and other viruses can spread through contact with shared surfaces, though it isn’t yet clear how long the new coronavirus survives on screens, metal or other materials. As the virus’s spread has accelerated, companies that make hands-free products say they have been seeing a jump in inquiries and, in some cases, sales.

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