Simbona Design Lab and JU’s Biomedical Healthcare Innovation Center Develops a local UVC Apparatus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic
NIH scientists approved that exist on aerosols and surfaces. “The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel”. Therefore, the UVC technology can disinfect various from the surface of the materials and aerosols. Similarly, this Simbona designed room sterilizer and UV hospital equipment disinfectant works to sterilize and disinfect all microorganisms.
The center has developed a local UV room sterilizer used for hospital rooms, wards and medical equipment. The apparatus has 8 watts UVC lamps that emit high intensity ultraviolet light that hits surface in the room and kills any microorganism or pathogens including viruses. The UVC technology locally developed is used for disinfection and sterilization, and is said to disinfect up to 40 square meters room area. The leader of project designed by Team Simbona, Habtamu Abafoge has indicated that the apparatuses are ready for use, and that the team has developed a complete document describing how the apparatus works, its effectiveness, safety references and precautions, technical specification, general operations and laboratory test results.
The JU-Simbona Innovative Team is known for its innovative initiatives.
This locally constructed UV room sterilizer used for hospital rooms, wards and medical equipment sterilizing and microorganisms’ disinfection purpose. It has 8 watts UVC lamps that emit a high intensity ultraviolet light that hits surface in the room and kills any microorganisms or pathogens including MRSA, colds and flu, pneumonia, molds, viruses, bacteria. The light penetrates and destroys the actual DNA of a microorganisms. There are no known organisms that is immune to UVC energy. This UV room sterilizer disinfects up to 40 square meters room area. UV sterilizes have many applications not just for hospitals but can be used in schools, vehicles disinfection, kitchens, office room dissection and for medical devices sterilizations.
Does UVC Kills Covid -19?
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, such as SARS. The radiation warps the structure of their genetic material and prevents the viral particles from making more copies of themselves.
As a result, a concentrated form of UVC is now on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. In China, whole buses are being lit up by the ghostly blue light each night, while squat, UVC-emitting robots have been cleaning floors in hospitals. Banks have even been using the light to disinfect their money .
Similarly, The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) believes that UV disinfection technologies can play a role in a multiple barrier approach to reducing the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, based on current disinfection data and empirical evidence.
UV is a known disinfectant for air, water and surfaces that can help to mitigate the risk of acquiring an infection in contact with the COVID-19 virus when applied correctly.
COVID-19 infections can be caused by contact with contaminated surfaces and then touching facial areas (less common than person-to-person, but still an issue) . Minimizing this risk is key because COVID-19 virus can live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 3 days . Normal cleaning and disinfection may leave behind some residual contamination, which UVC can treat suggesting that a multiple disinfectant approach is prudent. UVC has been shown to achieve a high level of inactivation of a near-relative of COVID-19’s virus (i.e., SARS-CoV-1, tested with adequate dose of 254nm UV while suspended in liquid).
On the other side, because this a novel, or new, coronavirus, the testing is very limited. The structure of COVID-19 is different than past viruses. For that reason, there is not enough data to say that UV lights can kill COVID-19.
Photo:Left: Dr. Jemal Abafita,JU President;Middle:Mr. Kora Tushune,JU V/President , Right,Mr.HAbtamu Abafoge