Mercury lamps help with Coronavirus fight
Could an established and easy to produce technology help in the fight against COVID-19?
Mercury vapour lamps offer a potential simple way to kill off the virus quickly.
The UV-C light it gives off can effectively disinfect upper-room breathing space by killing off air-borne viruses.
With a typical wavelength of 254 nanometres, it can break down the DNA of micro-organisms (or RNA in the case of COVID-19), thus rendering them harmless and the area cleaned.
For safety, modern sensor technology is also employed to prevent them operating when humans are present.
With trained staff in hospitals and other public facilities, this passive ultraviolet lighting has the potential to disinfect large areas rapidly.
To help prevent Coronavirus spread, it could be used to disinfect hospitals, doctor and dentist surgeries, schools, shopping centres, offices and more overnight.
Other potential immediate uses include disinfection chambers or tunnels in a range of settings, for example for medical and dental equipment, retail clothes after being tried on, trolleys and baskets in supermarkets and much more.
Take a look at the following article for more information: Signify: Future of coronavirus fight is… mercury lamps
And to see how it is already being used, take a look at: Industry ramps up production of UV-C lamps