At the beginning of quarantine, stores couldn't keep hand sanitizers and toilet paper in stock. Next thing we knew, everything from Clorox wipes to breathable Adidas' face masks followed sold-out suit. The latest item that has shoppers clamoring to cart it up? UV-sanitizing devices that disinfect phones, keys, and other high-touch daily essentials.
But, as with any new tech craze, this popular product now begs the question: does it work? And, more importantly, is it even safe? Before you too get wooed by one of these sleek boxes or pouches promising sanitized surfaces in under 60 seconds, here's everything you need to know about it. Scroll on to see out what a doctor has to say about the pros and cons of using a UV-sanitizing device and whether it's ultimately a purchase you want to make.
What are UV-sanitizing devices?
Is it safe to use UV-sanitizing devices?
Do UV-sanitizing devices protect against COVID-19?
Popular UV-sanitizing devices on the market right now