Germicidal ultraviolet light can quickly, safely and efficiently destroy germs and viruses, including COVID-19.
Also known as UV-C, GUV or UVGI, short wavelength UV light disinfects all known pathogens and recent studies show it is “highly effective” against COVID-19.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, some of which can settle on surfaces and spread to people after being touched or handled. On surfaces such as cardboard, the virus can survive for 24 hours, and it can survive for 72 hours on metal and plastics.
However, surfaces can be quickly disinfected using UV-C surface disinfection systems, which can be applied directly using mains powered, handheld lamps, or it can be applied to a wider area from an overhead source while a room is unoccupied to disinfect all surfaces exposed to the light source in minutes.
This makes UV-C light ideal for disinfecting environments and surfaces such as furnishings and floors in offices, waiting rooms, hospitals, dental surgeries, factories or food processing facilities, where whole rooms or individual objects including products, tools or workstations can be disinfected using UV-C.
Used for decades to ensure sterile environments in laboratories, food handling facilities and hospitals around the world, UV-C is recognised as an effective, safe and reliable method of infection control, with its effectiveness proven by more than 4,000 scientific papers and studies.
Because prolonged exposure to UV-C light can cause skin damage, simple failsafe systems can ensure whole-room UV-C surface disinfection systems are only activated while a room is empty. For busy environments and for areas that are constantly occupied, with respiratory aerosols being generated throughout the day, our UV-C air disinfection systems may be the most suitable solution. These can operate in total safety 24/7 with people present. Click here to find out more.
To find out more about UV-C / GUV and its effectiveness against a range of pathogens including COVID-19, please refer to visit our How it Works page.