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How UV Light can Help in Preventing Corona Virus Outbreak

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Prepare your home for coronavirus. Protect your family during an outbreak by using whole house UV light air cleaners.

For the past couple of months, the world is in a state of panic due to the outbreak of a newly detected Coronavirus. Originating in Wuhan China, the virus has quickly spread to 114 countries. Over 118,387 individuals have been infected according to the latest WHO report, March 11, 2020. This disease has caused 4,292 deaths worldwide with the most deaths occurring in China.

The impact in the US grows daily, with 696 confirmed CoVID-19 cases as of March 12, 2020.  Now is the time to prepare your home for coronavirus. Protect yourself and your family during the outbreak. Let\’s discuss how to do that with UV light.

\"2019-nCoVWhat is Coronavirus?

The World Health Organization says coronavirus or CoVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. Causing acute respiratory infection, symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.  In severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, organ failure, and death.  Transmission of the virus occurs with the contact of mucus secretions by those infected. The virus can live on surfaces for quite some time.

Who is at risk?

While coronavirus has a greater impact on people over 50, every age group can get and spread the virus.  People suffering from heart and respiratory diseases are at greater risk of complications.

Protect yourself from the outbreak by washing hands regularly. Use alcohol-based sanitizers when necessary. If you think you are infected, stay home and away from others. Disinfect your house and breathe clean air.  But how do you know if your air is clean?

UV Light cleaners are a great instrument to keep your household air clean. Low-level far-UVC light can kill 99% of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.

What is UVC Light?

\"ultravioletUltraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. Ultraviolet waves have wavelengths from 40-400 nanometers (nm). They fall between visible light and X rays on the electromagnetic spectrum. Ultraviolet light has a frequency greater than visible light. It contains more energy and has the ability to penetrate biological material. Prolonged exposure to some types of ultraviolet light causes sun damage. This may contribute to skin cancer. But, not all UV light is the same or carries the same wavelength. Low-level far-UVC light has a wavelength of 253 nm.  This specific wavelength is effective against germs, pathogens, and bacteria.  Reports show normal UV lights to be carcinogenic to humans. Yet low-level far-UVC lights have the potential to kill germs while also being safe for people. This is the type of UVC light used in HVAC air systems.

Can UV Light Help Prevent Coronavirus CoVID-19?

The dimension of the Coronavirus particle is measured on a microscopic level. Measured in micrometers, this smaller dimension is easily penetrated by UVC light. Exposure to this light leaves viruses inactive.

In the US, UVC light emitters have seen a drastic fall in prices due to mass production and improved supply. These are already used in many households to curb viruses such as influenza A, H1N1 and other viruses. Regular use of these UV lights could reduce the risk of the coronavirus outbreak.

How to Use UV Light to Kill Coronavirus and other Pathogens?

Coronavirus can stay on metal surfaces and porous surfaces, such as clothing, for a long time. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your house minimizes the risk of contamination from viruses. But what about the air you breathe? Household air is a host to many pathogens, including mold, bacteria, and viruses. All these pathogens weaken your immune system. This makes it harder to fight off newly acquired infections. Using a UV light device to sanitize your air reduces added pathogens in your environment.

When a  pathogen floating in the air comes in contact with the UVC light, it is destroyed.

Effectiveness of UV Light in Killing Germs

UVC light is the best option to keep your whole house air system clean from coronavirus. It also kills other viruses and pathogens that may harm us and weaken our immune system. UVC light kills 99% of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that circulate in air vents.

Reduce the risk for those you love by installing an Ultravation UltraMax UV HVAC filter.


Italy has gone into quarantine according to a report by The Guardian.  People are asked to stay home and go outside only in case of an emergency. Although the situation isn\’t as dire in the US, infections are growing rapidly.  We should manage what we can by keeping our homes sanitized and by breathing clean air. UV lights inactivate viruses and reduce the chance of transmission. Sleep easier knowing that you\’re breathing clean air. Install a UV air filter by calling the professionals at Russell Heating and Air.  Stay protected even from a pandemic disease like CoVID-19.


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