How to fight Corona Virus with UV rays?

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How to fight Corona Virus with UV rays?

With the Outbreak of coronavirus, people have become more conscious about safety. The vaccine to fight Covid-19 is still under discovery. Although many times the news broke that medicine to cure the virus is in the market. There has still been no assurance that the medicines will fight corona virus and save the world from the pandemic. Initially, the world was scared, and now people have adapted to the “New Norms”. 

Fight Corona Virus

To be safe from this deadly virus certain guidelines for precautions to be taken have been laid by the WHO(World Health Organization). These guidelines have proven to be effective in controlling the effect of covid-19 but do not make you 100% safe. There is a long list of precautions one has to take to tackle the current situation 

  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing
  • Sanitization 
  • Disinfect with washing 

These conventional ways are really helpful in beating the coronavirus. Surviving the situation has become of utmost importance than avoiding one. A study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one in every 10 people became a victim of their family members. The study confirms that Coronavirus is capable of human-to-human transmission. Even if you say that you do not step out of the house, let’s face the fact, there is no escape from this virus.

Technology in the healthcare sector has seen a boom, that it has not seen in the last 17 years. No one can assure that technology will completely kill the virus but it surely helps in decreasing the rate at which the virus is spreading. It is the only option until scientists find a medicinal cure. There are various technology gadgets which have come up with innovations that can act as a shield to protect from viruses. The technology which is really impactful in this deadly virus (corona) is UV rays.

UV(Ultraviolet) rays are radiations which naturally exist in sunlight. But thanks to technology now it is possible to generate UV rays artificially. The UV rays are a medium to detect and kill viruses, germs, or bacteria. It might be surprising to know that it is also effective for eliminating coronavirus.

These rays are of different types each having a distinct side effect. 

  • UVA light can cause skin damage.
  • UVB light is the reason for skin cancers.
  • UVC light is the most energetic layer of UV rays to which humans are not naturally exposed. But there are various gadgets through which humans are killing viruses by using UVC light.

Misconceptions about UV Light

UV light has come to known as a famous and successful technique to kill viruses. Still there are certain myths that scare people away from using UV Light for safety.

  • Exposure to the Sun can protect you from COVID-19, this is not a true statement as it exposes to its UVA and UVB light. These are less effective in killing SARS-CoV-2 but harmful.
  • Using a UV lamp on your body can protect you from COVID-19. In actuality, it only disinfects surfaces and body parts which reduces the risk of exposure but not completely protects you.

 

Despite this, the reality is, that the exposure of UV rays can inactivate the virus in 9 minutes only. It can be used for disinfecting air where it can kill 99.9 percent of airborne coronaviruses in approximately 25 minutes, and for surfaces, it can kill 99.7% only in 30 seconds.

Keeping in mind this fact different products are invented by many companies such as Arista Vault has come up with a Shuddhi-Box, Handrail Sanitize by Kone’s which are using UV rays technology to fight corona virus and disinfect the matter in the earliest possible time.

First, there is a need to understand whether all UV sterilizers are the same or not. The answer is a big No. They might seem to be the same but there are existing flaws whether in design, technology, ease of use, and a few other factors.

Final Note

One should never depend on a single method when it comes to safety, use the combination of technology with regular precautions of masks, social distancing, and many more. Even after taking the regular precautions you are still at a high risk of infection because of the close contact with the surfaces, objects, other items might be left infected.

The technology has stepped up to reduce the risk of Coronavirus using UV rays. It effectively kills 99.9% of viruses and other harmful organisms. Make use of technological advancements and stay safe.

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