top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

French entrepreneur invents anti-virus ‘hook’

A French entrepreneur has created a multifunctional object aimed at limiting the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 while carrying out everyday tasks.

Called “Yanook”, it consists of a little hook made of stainless steel which you can use to open doors, turn on a light or to enter a credit card code in a shop without having to directly touch the objects.

The hook can also be used as a bottle opener or bag holder.

Creator Yannick Silva came up with the idea during confinement.

He said to France Bleu radio: “I was trying to be careful, watching the children and I realised how often we touch things during the day. Then [a company] approached me to work on the 3D printing of a hook to open doors.”

Mr Silva started to make prototypes at home with his 3D printer and then redesigned it and created “Yanook” which can be produced quickly and without a mould.

Currently, 15,000 hooks are produced every day by his company Nconcepts but it can rise to 20,000 a day dependent on demand.

It is recommended to clean the hook regularly to avoid spreading the virus.

Mr Silva said: “The hook helps to keep the virus away but you still have to clean it regularly - in this sense it is not anti-virus.”

The virus can stay on surfaces for several, according to the composition and temperature of the object. 

The hook is sold for €7.90 on this website, 70,000 have been sold so far.  

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France