Can UV Lights Destroy Viruses?

Apr. 23, 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, we often wonder how to keep ourselves and others safe at home, at work, or in other gathering places. Disinfecting all the rooms we live in and the items we use with alcohol-based liquids is possible, but not actually feasible. It is difficult to reach every place and, in addition, not all surfaces and materials should be wet. Can state-of-the-art equipment help us improve the safety of our environment?

According to information published by the CDC and WHO, one of the possible ways to contract coronavirus is when a person touches a contaminated object and then they touch their face with a contaminated hand. The best thing we can do to prevent the virus from getting into our bodies is to keep a social distance, wash our hands frequently, and disinfect everyday objects. This especially applies to items that we often use outside or put near our faces, such as smartphones.

Portable UV Disinfection Lamps

Portable UV Disinfection Lamps

Fortunately, tedious and inconvenient wiping with liquid disinfectants is not the only way to maintain hygiene. To decontaminate everyday items, sources of UV radiation may be helpful, such as UV Disinfection Lamps, which have been used for years in hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities.

UV in disinfection and sterilization

UV Light is a very effective method of eliminating a wide range of pathogens. As mentioned earlier, medical facilities and laboratories have been using UV lamps for many years to disinfect tools and to sterilize hospital rooms. Smaller models of these lamps are becoming increasingly popular in small businesses and even in our homes, providing a tool to promote protection of everyday items from viruses and bacteria.

Can UV lamps destroy the SARS-COV-2 virus?

Coronavirus is thought to be spread from person to person primarily through airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease can also be contracted by touching an object contaminated with the virus and then touching one's mouth, nose or eyes, although scientists do not believe this is the primary mode of virus transmission.

The light from UV Lamps has been tested under laboratory and clinical conditions and has been shown to be effective in killing a variety of pathogens, but the SARS-CoV-2 virus is a new disease. Although experts claim that there are no definitive studies showing that UV light can inactivate coronaviruses, it should be able to do so, as is the case with, for example, influenza viruses and other viruses. Therefore, UV light is likely to prove to be a very effective measure to help control coronavirus epidemics and maintain hygiene in our environment.

Use of UV light - What items can be decontaminated with UV light?

The light from UV Lamps can kill 99.99% of viruses on the surface of materials such as glass, metal, wood and plastics with added UV inhibitors. Most high-quality plastics have inhibitors added to protect items used outdoors from sunlight. However, some inexpensive plastics do not have any UV inhibitors added. Components made from these low-quality materials may discolor and/or become brittle after continuous exposure to UV light.

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