Yes, UVC can be used to fight the Flu and it's many strains.
As COVID ebbs and flows doctors and nurses are preparing for a crushing flu season. Schools, theaters, and restaurants are reopening. The Flu will be waiting. Are you ready to take the fight indoors?
UVC light has been proven to be a safe and effective way to purify the air of nearly all viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2.
In order for us to provide clean air for indoor locations we need to bring new tools to the fight. UVC is a tried and true technology that has been used effectively for medical sterilization and food safety for many years. Now, that same technology is being used to help keep kids safe in schools and keep critical facilities running.
The Flu will continue to haunt our indoor spaces until we all commit to providing cleaner and safer indoor air. UVC has been proven time and time again to be a powerful tool in this fight for safer air quality.
How does UVC fight against the Flu?
The wavelength of UVC light is perfect for disrupting the replication process of DNA within a virus. By hitting each virus with photons in the UVC spectrum we can make sure that the virus is deactivated and can no longer reproduce. This works for all of the known variants including Delta and Lambda and should work for all future variants
because of how UVC impacts DNA and how this doesn't change as a virus changes over time. UVC will treat new variants the exact same way; by disrupting its ability to replicate it neutralizes its potential threat.
Are there studies to back this up?
Yes! UVC has been used effectively since the 1870s when its germicidal properties were first discovered. You can read about the history of UVC germicidal irradiation (UVGI) here: The History of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Air Disinfection (nih.gov)
Here is a great WebMD article about how UVC can be used to fight the Flu: Can UV Light Be Used to Kill Airborne Flu Virus? (webmd.com)
For further reading:
"The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic became a global health burden. We determined the susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 to irradiation with ultraviolet light. The virus was highly susceptible to ultraviolet light. A viral stock with a high infectious titer of 5 × 106 TCID50/mL was completely inactivated by UVC irradiation after nine minutes of exposure. The UVC dose required for complete inactivation was 1,048 mJ/cm2. UVA exposure demonstrated only a weak effect on virus inactivation over 15 minutes. Hence, inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 by UVC irradiation constitutes a reliable method for disinfection purposes in health care facilities and for preparing SARS-CoV-2 material for research purpose."
Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation inactivation of airborne fungal spores and bacteria in upper-room air and HVAC in-duct configurations | Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science (icevirtuallibrary.com)
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Light Progress has been providing UVC solutions to various industries such as medical facilities and food production for over 30 years. Now we are taking those same solutions to schools, offices, and other facilities around the globe. With over 200 products available we have UVC solutions for nearly every situation imaginable. From mobile fans, to upper air, as well as units that work directly with existing HVAC systems. No filters needed, just high powered UVC virus destroying light.
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