Ultraviolet (UV) light technology is used in deli’s, food stores, hospitals, and … it purifies your drinking water at a water treatment plant.
On Earth Day, our city had a free public open house and viewing of all of its government facilities. Of course, the one I was most interested in was the water treatment plant. However, we’re due for the hundred-year flood topic was kinda cool. I took in all the free events but the water treatment plant was the one I found most interesting.
The tour guide proudly showed the people how they purify (let’s say) undrinkable water to, drinkable water. In general terms, they mentioned the city water runs through a series of filters, and then these same millions of liters of water run past a UV Light.
I picked up on the light idea right away and inquired what that was for. The answer was, to kill off the leftover bacteria. As light travels through a tube past these lights its zaps them dead.
UV Light kills germs and bacteria.
Fascinating stuff! How simple of an idea it was.
And then came along the Covid-19 pandemic and showed its ugly head.
As the health system scrambles to find a cure, a pill, anything to slow or stop this pandemic, I thought of the UV lighting system and its possible potential benefits. As I’m researching on the blue light, I found a company doing that very thing, and, right around the corner of our premier’s office.
I wrote to the Premier of Ontario (Doug Ford) about the positive research this Canadian company was doing, and I at least expected a reply back, good, bad, or ugly which I didn’t. (All I have to say is, he lost my vote because he (theoretically works for me.)
At that point, I was already researching light therapy and that is when different shades of colors are completely understood and could change everything as we know. (staying healthier by natural means) This UV light system falls right into that category with my blog article, and I believe both could be a futuristic approach to keeping us out of harm’s way. Through decontaminate or light therapy.
UV Light Kills Germs and Bacteria.
So now I’m wondering if ultraviolet light that we all know, is harmful to most living things. whether it could be detrimental to the coronavirus on a bigger scale, or does the water treatment plant use it differently.
Now back to the research
Research shows, some hospitals are already using this system to decontaminate masks, surgical utensils, and various other items. Some say they mount this particular frequency UV light under a cabinet, lay whatever needs to be decontaminated under the light, and then, voila. it’s a done deal.
Now I have to wonder, why if it’s that simple to contaminate objects, are the contaminants in the air, air-bound viruses from a cold or an average air-born flu bug? Heaven forgives, let’s not try it on something as deadly as a covid-19. I might work! Or invest in Canadian engineering.
But I found a few companies in Canada that are doing that very thing and thinking along the same line as I. And one company is very close to where we live! Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But I already said that. The Science Of UVC Decontamination.
UV-C light emitted from Lind Equipment’s constructed device. Lind Equipment At all three doses of UV-C treatment, the SARS-CoV-2 viral titer was reduced by 4 Logs, equating to a 99.99% reduction of infectious virus. However, SARS-CoV-2 reported inactivation by the UV-C treatment, and the starting viral titer limited the log reduction.
Through all that BLA BLA information, it did show that the lighting system did help kill off the SARS virus in 2003. So why did this promising research not continue into 2020?
If UV Light Kills Germs and Bacteria then, why are we not doing more research?
Lind website also reads;
The CEO of Lind Equipment said:
The company has historically made portable lighting and power equipment for job sites. It has done so for nearly a dozen years with slow, steady, low-double-digit percentage-point revenue growth.
But the Covid-19 pandemic bred an unexpected change in strategy. “It was a mix of panic and wanting to do something to help out,” says Sean Van Doorselaer, Lind’s chief executive officer.
Article from Nebraska health system.
They soon heard of a Nebraska health system (Omaha, Nebraska) that had begun using UV-C light to decontaminate medical-grade masks to make them reusable in the face of shortages and realized they could do the same here. Their LED specialist was entrusted with tracking down the correct “chip” – a standard component comprised of semiconductor layers designed to emit specific light wavelengths and brightness.
Once they found a chip (frequency) to create the UV-C light they needed, the team began building prototypes of a light system, designing it to focus light beams instead of spraying them widely.
By late May, personal protective equipment shortages weren’t as big of an issue as they were when the pandemic began. But the Lind from Marcom team realized they could configure LED systems to decontaminate other things, such as desks or high-traffic office areas.
Lind soon applied to the federal government’s call-out for prototype technology to combat the novel coronavirus – and in June, it won a $65,000 contract to install the UV-C light system at Global Affairs Canada.
The new lights in the mailroom at Global Affairs’ Ottawa headquarters are dangerous. But that’s the point. The Ultraviolet C rays they emit are carcinogenic. This makes them harmful to most living organisms – including the novel coronavirus, which is why those lights are there.
Another article says; University of Western Ontario containment facility tested and found that Victory lights are 99.99 percent effective at killing the COVID-19 virus.
There you have it, and this other article reads:
In the constant battle against the spread of infectious diseases. Scientists worldwide are continually on the hunt for new weapons that specifically target pathogenic microbes. Now, investigators from the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) believe they may have found a new, low-cost solution to eradicating airborne viruses in indoor public spaces.
The research team found that continuous low doses of far ultraviolet C (far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues. The findings from the new study—published today in Scientific Reports in an article entitled “Far-UVC Light: A New Tool to Control the Spread of Airborne-Mediated Microbial Diseases”—suggest that the use of overhead far-UVC light in hospitals, doctors’ offices, schools, airports, airplanes, and other public spaces could provide a powerful check on seasonal influenza epidemics, as well as influenza pandemics.
Hate to say it, but that’s what I’ve been saying all along. And also pointed out in the letter to Premier Ford, everything is worth a look!
Did you know
At a food processing plant or your local deli, the meat section in your favorite food store will probably have a UV light somewhere hanging from the ceiling. After researching UV lights and the power of light therapy, I quizzed a butcher what the light was for, hanging over his workstation. His reply…Keeps the bugs away…
I really didn’t expect that answer, but the light did kill something, eh!
The power of UV Lights! They say when that technology is harnessed and understood, it will change everything as we know it.
Of course one would say; “As long as it kills Covid-19 virus, eh!”
Conclusion to UV Light kills germs and bacteria.
I believe in simplicity, we all by nature, look for the hardest answer for curing any problem when it could be just a simple solution. Could a form of CV light system work? Research shows that sci-fi thinkers and realists believe that a form of light could work.
Light is all around us, some soothing colors make us happy, some make us sad, light frequencies affect your very health. why is it so hard to believe that harnessing a natural light is far-fetched?
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