Coronavirus Relief Efforts
Considering the current global crisis, we have decided to modify our current technologies to contribute to the fight against the pandemic. Coronavirus is the name for a group of viruses, including MERS and SARS which infect mammals and cause respiratory illness ranging in severity. While we are currently facing the ongoing threat of a pandemic, it remains a fact that tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives to influenza annually. An improved sterilization technique is needed to combat the spread of all viruses in the community. The coronavirus pandemic has heightened everyone’s awareness of the vulnerability we have to various virus contaminations. Social changes, as well as increased health procedures, will be enacted in everyday life to provide the population with an increase in safety protection. ProTec 99™ is a safe, scientifically proven, effective method to combat viruses today and into the future.
Using UV Light to Kill Viruses
For decades, scientists have known about the disinfection ability of ultraviolet wavelengths, specifically germicidal UV (also known as UV-C).
The global pandemic situation is rapidly changing, and it's causing priorities to shift for a lot of us. Protecting patients, customers, workers, and our families is more important than ever before. Disinfecting frequently used surfaces is extremely important, and UV light is very effective at inactivating pathogens like viruses and bacteria.
Germicidal UV products tout pathogen kill rates higher than a 99.9% rate. Because of their effectiveness, they're incredibly useful right now for hospitals, medical labs, senior care centers, fire and police stations, airports, and transit stations but can also be used in schools, government buildings, office buildings, and hotels.
What is UV-C or Germicidal UV Light?
Germicidal UV or UV-C is part of the ultraviolet spectrum best known for its ability to inactivate pathogens like bacteria and viruses. It utilizes specific wavelengths of the ultraviolet spectrum, typically between 200 to 280 nanometers.
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently released a report on germicidal UV, and notes that UV-C is the most effective at disinfection.
Although the science behind germicidal UV has been around for a long time, it hasn't been widely used in the U.S. until recently. The CDC and FEMA started to endorse the use in hospitals in the early 2000s. Since then, several medical reviews have noted the effectiveness and usage has jumped in the last 13 years.
Is Germicidal UV Light Safe?
Artificial UV light, just like overexposure to the sun, is known to cause side effects for humans like burns so it must be handled following strict safety guidelines.
As a basic rule, germicidal UV lamps should not run when anyone is nearby. The IES says there are no reports of long-term damage from an accidental overexposure, but there can be painful temporary consequences.
Only trained workers should handle germicidal UV units, and make sure the product is turned off before performing maintenance.