U.S. President Donald Trump’s recommendation that ultraviolet light could be inserted into coronavirus patients was widely panned on Friday. Still, a California company considers it’s a fantastic solution for decontaminating airplanes.
Dimer UCV Innovations produced a UV-C-emitting cleaning machine named GermFalcon for the airline industry in 2014 – but it’s only with the coronavirus that demand has taken off.
“We didn’t want it to take a pandemic to generate the demand in this industry. That’s the situation we’re in, and we’re producing our units as quickly as we can,” stated Elliot Kreitenberg, president and co-founder of Dimer UCV Innovations.
He did not give data on sales of the unit but stated the use of the machinery had been offered to the industry free of charge during the pandemic.
GermFalcon is a food cart-sized robotic tool that is drove down the aisle of the plane. Mechanical wings expand and emit UV-C light onto cabin surfaces.
A protective barrier protects the operator from the ultraviolet light, which can be harmful.
Kreitenberg said the GermFalcon could disinfect a typical narrow-body aircraft in three minutes.
UV-C can ham the nucleic acids in an organism and prevent it from replicating. Its use as a disinfectant is widely used in laboratory settings and hospitals, experts have claimed.
There are 3 types of ultraviolet light: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C, and UV-C are the most harmful. About 95% of the UV radiation from the sun comes in the form of UV-A.
While UV light is renowned for killing viruses in air-borne droplets, health professionals claimed it could not be endorsed into the human body to target cells infected with the novel coronavirus.
Organizations like CHEO Research Institute in Canada have looked at using UV-C to disinfect personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, but not surfaces.
As outlined by the University of California Santa Barbara, Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd has been working on UV LEDs for the purpose of decontaminating surfaces. That company reported “99.9% sterilization of coronavirus in 30 seconds.”