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How Ultraviolet Light Could Help Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus (Transcript)

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Coronavirus has devastated the global economy and killed more than 270,000 people as it spread exponentially.

As conversations shift towards reopening the country and getting people back to work, proper sanitation in high traffic and public spaces will be key to getting back to normal.

In places like China, robots and drones are being used to spray disinfectant in public spaces. Airlines and companies like Amazon have been using fogging as a sanitation technique to keep their facilities clean.

But there is another option.

UV light is an effective disinfectant that has been used for decades in hospitals and operating rooms. The global UV disinfection equipment market was valued at $1.1 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $3.4 billion by 2026.

President Trump recently brought up using ultraviolet light to fight the coronavirus.

(Video clip: President Trump: Supposing we hit somebody with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. – Video ends.]

Though powerful UV light cannot be used on the human body, it can help prevent the spread of the virus. And technological breakthroughs could see UV light become a key piece in returning to normal in a world with a looming Covid-19 threat.

Ultraviolet light was discovered more than 200 years ago. It was first used for disinfecting surfaces in 1877, for water in 1910 and for air in 1935.

It was discovered because of its antimicrobial, antibacterial properties. And actually in health care became pretty widely adopted in an effort to try to disinfect the air and ensure that people who were in that environment were not getting exposed to tuberculosis.

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