The coronavirus continues to paralyse Britain, despite new tough restrictions being introduced.
Even with the new, tougher restrictions across the country, Britain has still been suffering due to the rise in cases of coronavirus.
Newly released documents show that SAGE scientists urged the government in September to impose a short, immediate lockdown across England to stop the spread of the virus.
Most areas of England are currently on medium alert, but the worst-affected areas are in the north of England, where Liverpool City has seen the heaviest restrictions and pubs and gyms have been closed completely.
Manchester and much of the North East have avoided the most extreme closures but are on high alert due to the Government’s new 3 tier lockdown system.
Scientists and politicians have been warning since the beginning of the year that there will be no end to the lockdowns until a coronavirus vaccine is found.
Luckily, research is currently underway to identify weaknesses in COVID-19 and find a way to treat people with drugs such as dexamethasone.
Dexamethasone and Remdesivir are two drugs currently said to help ease the worst symptoms. To further encourage the country, a separate, groundbreaking study conducted earlier this year offers some hopeful evidence of Remdesivir’s effectiveness against the virus.
UVC Light is Being Studied Diligently
UV, and more importantly, UV-C air sterilisation systems are currently being used to kill the virus. The study used a combination of ultraviolet light in the UVC range (UVC) and the weaker ultraviolet light (UV).
In the study, they identified the means to destroy almost all traces of the virus.
There, researchers used ultraviolet ( UVC) light at wavelengths safe for humans and found that it killed 99.9 percent of the coronaviruses found in air droplets. Destruction of coronaviruses is much more effective though Ultraviolet light instead of harmful chemicals.
Currently, conventional germicidal UVC light can kill viruses at wavelengths up to 254 nm.
However, these wavelengths are extremely unsafe for humans, David Brenner, lead author of the study, told Health Europe at the time. “These results have greatly reduced the virus concentration in indoor areas inhabited by humans”.
To determine the effectiveness of this method, the researchers used an atomiser to atomise two common coronaviruses, which were then passed on in front of a distant UVC lamp.
The researchers adjusted the wavelength values and reduced them to 222 nm – which cannot penetrate the outer layer of the dead skin of the eye, or damage or alter human cells.
This has led researchers to believe that UVC light can be used to reduce the risk of transmission and infection by COVID.
They then tested how many particles were still alive and found that very low exposure killed 99.9 percent of the virus.
The constant exposure to distant UVC light, the researchers say, would kill 90 percent of the viruses in the air in about eight minutes.
It does not distinguish between coronaviruses by a long shot, but we expect it to kill SARS and CoV-2 in the same way, “said Dr. Brenner.
It takes about 20 minutes for the machine to completely clean the room and people are advised to stay outside because the wavelength of the UVC is still too strong.
Although there is no big announcement yet on whether it will be used to eradicate the virus, it is safe to use it wherever people gather indoors.
We can now safely say that if you wear face masks, wash your hands and use UVC air cleaning systems, you can mitigate the transmission of covid by a huge factor.
Either way, with killing the virus in the air and on surfaces, you almost eliminate exposure to high levels of viruses such as SARS and CoV-2.
UVC is Already Being Used….
In some countries, self-driving robots with a UVC air purification system have been introduced to hospitals. They are used to kill microbes and other virus residues, but there are no plans yet to use it in hospitals everywhere as of yet.
In March, Dr Jorn Jorgensen, a professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine who helped develop the robot, told the BBC how it could be used in the event of a pandemic.
“There are a lot of problematic organisms that cause infections and if you apply the right dose of ultraviolet light in a reasonable amount of time, there is a good chance you will get rid of them, ” he told the BBC.
He said: ‘It is known that coronavirus is killed by UV / C light, but this is the first time it has been detected. The robot, however, costs about $100,000, according to the BBC.
Luckily, you don’t have to fork out $100,000 to get an effective UV Virus Killing Lamp. PathogenUK’s Elite 101 is suitable for professional environments and hospitals and costs under £1,500!
The year of 2020 has been a bust for most of us. But, now we know that there are technological advancements, coupled with science which can help us all get back to normal.
From better therapeutics such as Remdesevir, to UV light, the future is looking better.
That still doesn’t mean that you don’t need to stay safe by keeping your hands clean, using sanitisers, etc. You also need to keep a distance and not touch your face or eyes as much during the day.
Enacting measures such as these are not a 100% guarantee that you will not catch any cold or virus. It is just general and sensible practices which will help reduce your susceptibility.
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