Protecting from infection can be achieved in a physical vs. biological fashion. Managing the flow of airborne droplets and insuring that surfaces are not infected.
The overall strategy is to take a physical approach to manage the virus while we wait for a biological approach that can come with a successful vaccine.
In the most recent study of over 7,000 infected only 1 was contracted outdoors. It appears that fresh air and ventilation create an environment where covid doesn’t’ spread. The goal is thus to make indoor air pure and virus free.
Technologies incorporating ultraviolet light (UVA, UVA, into the HVAC (heating and air conditioning systems), when combined with sophisticated air management ventilation, plexiglass dividers can largely eliminate the risk of coronavirus indoors by creating an outdoor environment.
Chemicals and disinfectants such as Titanium Oxide that can kills any surface contamination offer hope that the virus can be managed.
Far UVC lighting. A recent development of a UVC light technology uses lamps that emit continuous, low doses of a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light is far-UVC was developed at Columbia University. it can kill viruses and bacteria without harming human skin, eyes and other tissues, as is the problem with conventional UV light.
This technology which is now seeking approval from the FDA holds great promise as it can be safely used in occupied public spaces, and it kills pathogens in the air before people breathe them in.
Personal Protective Equipment.
PPE’s are a central and critical part of any strategy. The shortage of such was a major challenge in the COVID-19 outbreak. The US had failed to refresh its supply of such after the 2009 outbreak.
China which is the major supplier had limited exports upwards of 80% of PPE’s. This continues to be a major challenge as demand continues and the expectation of a renewed wave of cases in the coming months has put a strain on demand. [See special report on the PPE industry].
Far UVC Light Offers Hope for Stopping COVID-19
A private Florida company is offering a system to disinfecting people who walk through a framed doorway that uses Ultraviolet light. The cleansing takes about as long as going a scan at the airport. Far UVC light is a lower spectrum of UV light that can isn’t harmful to humans. May 19, 2020
Far UVC Light Proven to Kill Airborne Viruses
The technology, developed at Columbia University’s uses lamps that emit continuous, low doses of a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light, known as far-UVC, which can kill viruses and bacteria without harming human skin, eyes and other tissues, as is the problem with conventional UV light. May 19,2020