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Using UV Light for Sterilization

Today, UV light technology is the preferred choice for sterilization in numerous industrial applications because of its effectiveness, affordability, and most importantly, its safety.  UV light is a disinfection method that inactivates microorganisms by a physical process rather than using harmful chemicals, and thereby, does not produce corrosive materials or disinfection by-products (DBPs).  The short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) lights are used to destroy nucleic acids and disrupt the DNA, thus rendering them unable to perform vital cellular functions including the ability to reproduce or infect. As UV light sterilization provides an environmentally friendly method of killing bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses, it is safely used in applications for food, air, and water purification.  The technology is a safe alternative to toxic and harmful chemicals especially...

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Can you kill viruses with UV light?

UVC. This relatively obscure part of the spectrum consists of a shorter, more energetic wavelength of light. It is particularly good at destroying genetic material in viral particles.Or that was the case, at least, until scientists discovered that they could harness UVC to kill microorganisms. Since the finding in 1878, artificially produced UVC has become a staple method of sterilization – one used in hospitals, airplanes, offices, and factories every day. Crucially, it’s also fundamental to the process of sanitizing drinking water; some parasites are resistant to chemical disinfectants such as chlorine, so it provides a failsafe.Though there hasn’t been any research looking at how UVC affects COVID-19 specifically, studies have shown that it can be used against other coronaviruses,...

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