British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new month long lockdown in England after he was warned that without decisive action, a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals this week.
Johnson made a sudden about face, confirming that severe restrictions on business and everyday life would begin on Thursday, November 5th.
It has now been over 7 months since Britain issued its first confirmed COVID (19 cases) of the disease.
Determined to save Christmas, the Prime Minister was forced to act after the infection increased in the UK and level 3 restrictions failed to stem the spread in large parts of England.
No responsible prime minister could ignore these grim figures, “he said in a televised press conference. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown in England in a hastily arranged news conference after details were leaked to the media.
The measures will enter into force until Wednesday, December and means that all pubs, restaurants, salons and other businesses will be forced to close.
The Reasons Why…..
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put England back on a national lockdown after Britain survived its second highest number of Covid cases and a second wave of infections threatens to overwhelm the health service.
The restrictions will likely last several more months, the first national lockdowns lasted over 5 months.
Things seemed to be getting back to some kind of normal under the three-tier system.
Now however, scientists have warned that the risk of a repeat of this year’s deadly outbreak in England and Wales could lead to more than 2,000 cases a day, or 1.5 million infections a year.
We are struggling with the fact that we have the second highest infection rate in Europe and the third highest apart from North America.
Coronavirus Puts Uv In The Disinfectant Spotlight
As fears mount that the corona virus causing COVID-19 pandemic is being transmitted by microscopic suspended particles, known as aerosols, researchers and doctors hope that technology will once again save the day.
UVC air sterilisation systems are heeding the call. These systems harness the power of ultraviolet light to help disinfect rooms. PathogenUK’s new system is based on a decades-old method of fighting infectious diseases: energetic waves of violet light, known as germicidal UV (GUV).
These lights are emitted in the form of a wave that wipes out viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms. Studies have already shown that germicidal UV radiation can effectively inactivate microbes in the air that transmit diseases such as flu, cholera, dengue fever and tuberculosis (TB).
Studies have also shown that it can also inactivate modern infectious viruses and bacteria.
The Tech Keeps Getting Better….
UV disinfection uses UVC light, which is considered germicidal – the ability to inactivate microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses without damaging surfaces or using harsh chemicals.
It uses a specific wavelength, which is only a few micrometers wide and in a specific range.
Researchers at the Centre for Emerging and Development Research Infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School have found that UV radiation causes the virus to be completely inactivated within seconds.
While UVC has been the standard for UV disinfection for decades, new advances in light technology have emerged in recent years. An important form of technology used to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is ultraviolet light from germicidal bulbs, which could potentially prevent the virus from replicating. People are trying to fight pandemics directly by using different technologies.
The technique of UVC has been in existence for decades – an old technique that can zap both viruses and bacteria. Many people have wondered whether sterilization with UVC is really effective in the fight against viruses or bacteria, and it is.
In fact, research has shown that UVC (254 nm) is just as effective against coronaviruses as ultraviolet (UV) radiation against viruses and bacteria.
Hospitals have used it for years.
For many years, UVC therapy has been used by hospitals to reduce the spread of pathogens that have become drug-resistant, such as hepatitis B and C. It is also used in disinfection of operating rooms.
In the light of the current pandemic (COVID-19), there is growing interest in using this technology to rehabilitate hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities for safe use.
Now researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Public Health (UCSD) have found a way to bring hospital sanitation into homes and businesses.
This sterilization method, which is operated with short-wave ultraviolet (UV) light, has been used for years in hospitals and industry, is now available to the public.
The same level of disinfection that hospitals use to sterilize rooms is achieved by a special type of ultraviolet light, the UVC waves.
UV light disinfectants can be performed at home and able to provide hospital level hygiene in a number of different environments.
It is therefore sensible for an increasing variety of UV light products to appear on the consumer market. Even New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is now using UV light to disinfect subway cars and buses during pandemics.
It’s not Just About Hand Washing
Besides washing hands and wearing masks, disinfection of frequently touched surfaces is a primary method of prevention. Researchers urge caution in the claims of UV products now being marketed in a largely unregulated industry.
Choose a proven product such as PathogenUK’s Elite-101.
With a new lockdown looking, companies are looking to reopen after the closure due to Covid 19. Many are relying on UV light to destroy germs and other pathogens and give themselves and customers peace of mind.
Anyone who wants to stay safe must disinfect themselves and their surroundings, especially when they touch multiple surfaces.
While UV-based disinfection products have been around for years, more and more companies have thrown themselves into the fray with UV wands and other forms of disinfection, such as hand disinfectants.
Used with a lot of caution, the use of UVC light can be an additional step to prevent the spread of Covid 19. Considering that the coronavirus responsible for SARS diseases can be killed, one might think that consumers and U-VC products marketed to individuals are effectively fulfilling this task.
Therefore, many companies are buying UVC air sterilisation systems at a rapid pace and this looks to continue in 2021.