Clinics and hospitals around the world are using ultraviolet (UV) light to combat viruses and bacteria. Now however, they are looking to kill the Coronavirus outbreak which is rampant in parts of the world.
Companies are trying to work safely during this COVID-19 pandemic. They are using any and all methods which can help them get back to business according to a recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UV light is effective to inactivate viruses such as coronavirus and flu, but only if used correctly. There are many scientific and design principles that need to be observed when using UV light for effective disinfection of the workplace.
UV light gets a lot of attention when it comes to disinfecting and reusing the medical equipment and utensils that medical personnel need to do their job safely.
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The idea that UV light could be used to disinfect hands, clothes and other household items that circulate on the Internet is either false or dangerous, depending on what type of UV you are talking about.
There is a segment of UV light that is extremely effective in killing microorganisms, including coronaviruses like the one that causes COVID-19.
In the UK, Dan Arnold, who works for a company supplying hospitals with disinfectants, told BBC Future: “It can take hours for UVB to cause sunburn, but with UVC it takes seconds.
Any amount of UV light on the skin would not make a difference until the virus settles in the body. Some scientists doubt the ability of UV radiation to reduce viral transmission, as it is spread mainly by coughing or sneezing”.
The World Health Organization has warned against using UV light as a disinfectant around patrons or employees.
A germicidal UV-C disinfection however has certain safety criteria. Our systems are all IP20 rated so you can have peace of mind in their effectiveness.
UV-C can kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes without the use of hard chemicals. Commercial properties, hotels, banks and offices can benefit from UV-C disinfection.
How UV Light is Used
UV light is already used to disinfect public transport, aircraft and hospitals, including the NHS. They are used to control the spread of germs and mitigate virus spread. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is currently using it to keep the transit system as safe as possible in many parts of the UK.
Traditionally, UV devices are bulky and expensive, and the surfaces must be exposed to extremely high doses to destroy the viruses. Now, however PathogenUK has units which are effective, safe, portable, and affordable!
The Science Agrees
Now scientists have made a breakthrough in their efforts to ward off the coronavirus, which infects at least 6 million people worldwide.
A team at Penn State University has produced a material that can successfully emit UV radiation in a compact device.
They replied: “There is no doubt that UV radiation could be used to irradiate the body, which would be good, but not at the expense of people’s health, that’s why portable UV systems are recommended to kill the virus away from people and certain harmful effects.”
Pathogen’s new system builds on a number of other technologies already used to ward off infectious diseases.
Energy waves of ultraviolet light, known as germicidal UV (GUV), are emitted through the air to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.
There is plenty of evidence that a new coronavirus can be killed by UV light, and it can be used on the basis of evidence that suggests it could work.
UV light is particularly useful for coronaviruses, said Dr. Richard O’Neill of the University of California, San Diego. A Columbia University study showed that a new strain of a rare form of the flu virus could be killed in a room within 30 minutes.
Studies Show Further…
Studies have already shown that germicidal UV radiation can effectively inactivate microbes in the air that transmit viruses such as the coronavirus COVID-19, which can cause respiratory infections.
With concerns growing that coronavirus – which causes COVID- 19 – is transmitted by microscopic suspended particles, known as aerosols, researchers and doctors hope the technology can be reused to help disinfect high-risk interiors.
This form, known as germicidal UV light, is used to sterilize hospitals, airplanes, offices and factories, and demand has soared since the pandemic. PathogenUK’s Elite 101 UVC system ticks all these boxes.
As the US considers how to stop the spread of highly infectious viruses, UV is used in a number of ways. This ranges from decontaminating hospitals where potentially infectious droplets have landed, to disinfecting N95 masks for reuse.
In many of the US applications, blue light illuminates entire buses, while a robot uses a UV lamp to clean a room at the top of a hospital ward.
Martinello is also a member of the International Association for UV Light, which promotes the use of UV light in remediation practices.
UV light can be used as sterilization technology for many types of disinfection. UV-C air sterilisation systems are effective because they kill bacteria, viruses and other pathogens such as the Covid-19 virus. UV light and other cleaning products can destroy these layers, causing the viruses to die.
This is particularly useful in the domestic and office environment and can disinfect the air in isolated rooms, which is one of the most common applications of UV sterilization technology in offices.
Although UV light has now been proven to reliably kill coronavirus, the UV-C tower has proven effective in up to a 40 square meter range and can eliminate virus particles and the breakdown of the DNA of viruses in an office with our UV-C lights.
PathogenUK offers systems that are completely chemical – odour-free and extremely portable, so it can be moved easily between the rooms of a house or office.
You need to keep yourself and employees safe as we all come out of lockdown and back to work. Our systems can help you achieve this.