Above and beyond our general awareness of how many germs live on items we touch all day, it was the coronavirus pandemic that opened our eyes to the power of UV-C light. As everyone washed and sanitised their hands more than ever, we noticed that more often than not those clean hands ended up picking up items that are never washed –mobile phones, pens, wallets, etc. Whilst in the spring of 2020 UV-C light had not yet been lab tested against SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes Covid-19,as it had previously been proven that UV-C light can kill similar viruses such as SARS and MERS, it was generally expected that UV-C light would be effective against the coronavirus. However, in June 2020, Boston University and a company called Signify (previously called Philips Lighting) announced that they had conducted research that confirmed that UV-C light was effective against the virus that causes Covid-19. The press release can be found at the link below:
It is important for us to say that we have not been able to test the BlitzBox against Covid-19, as this would require access to a Biosafety Level 4 laboratory; to put it into context, there is only one such lab in the U.K and five in all of Europe.