As we discussed regularly here at PathogenUK, UVC light disinfection is one of the most effective deep cleaning methods for 2020.
The news and information is forthcoming all the time, so today let’s have a look at the general picture as of now. (Autumn, 2020)
A little History….
The energetic waves of ultraviolet light, known as germicidal UV (GUV), can be emitted in the air to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.
UV light has long been used as a disinfectant in healthcare and can reduce the risk of hospital infections.
New systems of UVC air sterilisation rely on a decades-old method of fighting infectious diseases.
Introduced at the end of the 19th century, it first appeared in 1903, when Danish scientist Niels Finsen was granted a patent for the use of UV-C light to combat tuberculosis.
Today, we have growing concern that coronavirus – which causes COVID-19 – is being transmitted by microscopic floating particles known as aerosols.
Researchers and doctors hope the technology can be reused to help disinfect high-risk interiors.
Studies have already shown that “germicidal” UV radiation can effectively inactivate microbes in the air that can cause respiratory infections, such as those transmitted by viruses and bacteria and other pathogens in the air.
Since we have already established that coronavirus is spread by aerosols, many vulnerable and important workers such as medical staff are advised to wear respirators such as N95 masks.
These types of masks are better to filter out tiny particles. We are also asked to wear masks when going about our daily lives, an inconvenience, but a necessity to slow the spread of the disease.
UV Light is Already Being Used
UV is currently being used to decontaminate hospitals where infectious droplets can land. While the US is grappling with how to stop the spread of highly infectious viruses such as covid, UVC robots are beginning to help them cope.
They are also being used to sanitise equipment and disinfect N95 masks for reuse.
But, according to the researchers, there is still a lack of understanding of how likely the virus is to spread to other areas via aerosols.
UV can be an effective weapon against airborne viruses, but only go so far as to prevent infection. As science develops, it could emerge as a potential tool for use to reduce the risk of infectious aerosol accumulation in indoor environments such as schools and businesses.
Remember though, UV and C light can kill or harm people if they are in direct contact and exposed to the light for a length of time.
UV Can Work in Many Ways
To clean the air from the virus before it is released into humans, UVC light can be incorporated into metal air ducts and kill the viruses in the air circulating in heating and air conditioning systems.
UV-germicidal radiation (UVGI) is a type of UV-C germinative light that kills or deactivates microorganisms at a frequency of 254 nanometres.
UV disinfection lamps can prove useful for a high quality, cost-effective solution to your cleaning needs.
The deodoriser ozone lamps now available are currently being tested in several high risk areas. The main system is parabolic and kills germs, bacteria, fungi and allergens such as dust mites and mite dust.
UV systems have been helping reopen certain offices, hospitals and businesses however they are not a panacea.
Although, when companies cautiously reopened their doors after the coronavirus pandemic in the summer, the technology began to spread far more widely.
The World Is Still Learning….
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 is extremely virulent and that close contact is the main trigger of the current pandemic.
At the beginning of this pandemic, scientists worked to determine how long the virus could live on different surfaces and found that it varied from a few hours to a few days depending on the surface. It may also be possible for a person to get it by touching a surface or object containing the viruses and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
Researchers have developed several UV lamps that kills the flu virus and are not harmful to human skin or eyes.
They hope to commercialize and market the technology to prevent the spread of seasonal flu. PathogenUK’s new system uses UV light to ward off infectious diseases, which is one of the reasons why UV devices are often used.
The energetic waves of UV light, known as germicidal UV (GUV), are emitted through air to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.
As the UK considers how to stop the spread of highly infectious viruses, UV is being used to decontaminate hospitals where infectious droplets can land and to disinfect N95 masks for reuse.
In the face of growing concern that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is transmitted by microscopic airborne particles, known as aerosols, researchers and doctors hope that the technology can be reused to help disinfect high-risk interiors.
Studies have already shown that germicidal UV radiation can effectively inactivate microbes in the air that transmit viruses such as flu, flu and other infectious diseases.
PathogenUK’s UVC air sanitising units are fully tested, made in the EU and ship free worldwide! So, if you would like a professional and affordable uvc system, then look no further.
Thankyou for reading, and check back for more news and succinct explanations of the latest UVC technology.