What to Know about Germicidal Lighting and Coronavirus - Energy Watch News

What to Know about Germicidal Lighting and Coronavirus

Being able to eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the flip of a switch is about as attractive a concept as they come. UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) technology, chiefly UV-C, has a proven record at killing or deactivating a variety of pathogens. And the technologies which can emit these wavelengths have been used in facilities for decades. However, facility managers must still be judicious in selecting and applying the UVGI technology in their facility for a variety of factors, including achieving maximum efficacy while reducing harm to facility occupants, and the facility itself. UV-C is not safe for human exposure. It will cause damage to the skin and eyes. The far UV-C technology under development is purported to be safe for human exposure, because the wavelength does not penetrate beyond the upper dead layer of skin cells. This is its selling point, as it could potentially provide continuous disinfection of occupied space. https://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/What-to-Know-about-Germicidal-Lighting-and-Coronavirus–18994

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