Public health concerns such as severe acute respiratory issues have intensified efforts to prevent infections due to airborne activity.1 With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, political leaders and business owners are taking necessary action to contain the virus and assist in further prevention. Spectronics Corporation presents two ultraviolet sanitization tools to combat the spread of airborne viruses – the CellBlaster® UV Cell Phone Sanitizer, and the DeGERM-inator™ Portable UV Sanitizer.
Do UV Sanitizers Work?
Ultraviolet sanitization is an established means of disinfection, and can be safe and highly effective to prevent the spread of certain infectious diseases. Low-pressure mercury (Hg) discharge lamps are commonly used in these applications which emit shortwave ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation to kill or inactivate microbes by damaging their DNA. It can be used to disinfect air, water, and surfaces.1
Engineering for infection-control systems in health care facilities plays a pivotal role in fighting this battle.3 This is where the CellBlaster® and the DeGERM-inator™ come into effect. The CellBlaster® can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria on any portion of the mobile device exposed to the UV light, while the DeGERM-inator™ can kill a wide range of disease-causing bacteria and viruses in just seconds.
Homes, places of businesses, and hospitals are susceptible to viruses, and UV lights are very effective at killing viruses and bacteria, keeping them out of your home.2 Each year, more than two million people contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) that can also be antibiotic-resistant, resulting in losses of 23,000 people (CDC).3
1Reed N. G. (2010). The history of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for air disinfection. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 125(1), 15–27. https://doi.org/10.1177/003335491012500105
2Lincoln Tech, “Separating Fact from Myth on HVAC UV Light Benefits.” https://www.lincolntech.edu/news/skilled-trades/hvac/separating-fact-from-myth-on-hvac-uv-light-benefits
3UV Resources, “UV-C and Hospital Infection Control.” http://www.uvresources.com/resources/articles-videos-case-studies/uv-c-articles/uv-c-and-hospital-infection-control/