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Monday, June 1st 2020, 12:06 pm - How ultraviolet light could help stop the spread of COVID-19
Radiation so powerful it warps the structure of a virus. As the particle gets broken apart, it is unable to replicate and essentially is killed. This is how scientists expect COVID-19 to react when exposed to UVC light.
This shortwave light is another method people are using in order to disinfect during a pandemic.
“UVC light can kill viruses,” says Ronald Hofmann from the International UV Association. “Applying a high enough dose to the virus [will make cleaning efforts effective]. And also ensuring that the virus is in the direct line of sight of the UVC source,” Hoffmann adds.
While various companies around the globe are testing and using this light, here are three examples of where this light could be useful:
In China, PHIDA UV-C light is being tested in order to clean subway cars and buses. The company *PHIDAUV * is supplying the light. The disinfecting will happen overnight when the cars are not in service.
IS UV-C LIGHT SAFE?
The city of Winnipeg has been using UV-C light to disinfect its water since 2006 and it has been part of the food industry for over 50 years.
“UV-C is perfectly safe for food in the sense that there is absolutely no leftover ‘bad stuff’ on the food after exposure,” explains Hofmann. “There are no side-effects. The food won’t be damaged at the doses that would be applied.”
There has also been a surge in at home UV-C cleaning devices. The light is safe when used correctly,improper use can be harmful.
“Since UV-C has the potential to be dangerous due to eye damage, skin damage, or lung damage due to ozone that can be produced by UV devices, we urge people to be cautious in using UV devices,” says Hofmann.
He also adds, “Our message is that UV-C consumer products are new technologies and there are, at present, no recognized standards or certifications -- or even industry best practices for these devices. As such, it’s completely buyer beware”.
While the sun does emit UV-C light, it does not reach Earth. Essentially the ozone layer blocks UV-C light from reaching our planet. We only experience UV-A and UV-B, which do not have the same disinfecting power as UV-C, especially when it comes to COVID-19.
For more information on the safety around UV-C light, click here.