Scientist’s View of Protecting You from Your Phone & Yourself

June Lai, Founder, CEO Catalyst Case

It’s no secret that everyone is trying to be better informed and protect themselves and others and reduce exposure  to the Covid-19 virus. They’re social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands, but how many of us think about our smartphone as a major source of a threat to our health? Or how many of us are missing key pieces of information that can help us and our loved ones stay safe? [Podcast]

I had a unique opportunity to speak with June Lai, founder and CEO of Catalyst, a high tech accessories maker but also first and foremost, also a scientist who not only sees things from a business perspective but from a true scientific one as well. During our Toastcaster Podcast interview (Episode 146) which you can to listen below. June offered me an incredible and authoritative insight on what’s really going on out there – about the virus, PPE, and how we inadvertently spreading it. But she also offered ways we can all help ourselves and our loved ones stay safe.

By the end of this podcast, you’ll better understand the difference between bacteria and a virus – which still seems to confuse people and what terms like anti-microbial really means.  You’ll also get tips on how to properly disinfect your phone, what to use, what not to use and what to watch out for and suggestions on proper Covid phone safety etiquette.

Washable Waterproof Cases

You’ll also discover how waterproof cases, like Catalyst‘s can not only protect your valuable smartphone investment, but one that is also washable can effectively reduce the risk of infection when properly implemented into your daily protection routine. (They also make for a nice holiday gift)

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Catalyst washable waterproof case

The techies will also love to hear what makes for a great waterproof case, and methods and technology Catalyst used in perfecting their patented waterproof seal. (I bet you don’t know that what looks like a simple case has in fact 46 components.)

You’ll also learn a little more about June, a glimpse into her fascinating journey, how the company and the first waterproof cases came to be and how Catalyst’s skillset and innovation has now lead them to develop much needed quality PPE including novel items like a mask wallet.

June Lai, originally from Vancouver, Canada, now based in Hong Kong is the founder and CEO of Catalyst – a global consumer high tech high performance electronics accessories brand. She’s also a scientist who oversees R&D at the company who is in the business of inventing unique patented products that combine world-class design with performance.  You can find out more about about Catalyst at CatalystCase.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about viruses, June suggests checking out TWiV – This Week in Virology – a podcast about viruses.

Greg Gazin, also known as the Gadget Guy and Gadget Greg, is a syndicated veteran tech columnist, communication, leadership and technology speaker, facilitator at Crestcom International, blogger, podcaster and author. Reach him @gadgetgreg or at GadgetGuy.ca.

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10L advanced features include 48MP big pixel camera, super-wide angle lens and low blue light certification 

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