Bacteria | COVID-19 | UV Light | UV-C light
What Does UV Light Kill?
September 29, 2020 | By Lauren Lethbridge
What is UV Light and How Does it Work?
It’s important to know there are three wavelengths of UV light (UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C) and the most effective wavelength is UV-C. UV-C light uses zero chemicals to breaks apart germ DNA and RNA and leaves it unable to function or reproduce.
Is UV Light Dangerous?
UV-C light is harmful to our eyes and skin. That’s why in our devices provide a controlled environment for UV rays. The important thing to remember is that UV-C light is extremely dangerous to bacteria and viruses that can get you sick.
Now that you understand how it works and know the potential dangers, you probably want to know just what it can kill. Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer to that.
Germs and Bacteria
We’ve mentioned it already, but UV-C light does kill germs and bacteria. Our PhoneSoap devices kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria and have been tested against common household bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Staph, C. diff, and MRSA in third-party laboratories.
PhoneSoap products have been tested against common household bacteria in third-party laboratories and are proven to kill viruses like Influenza A H1N1 (flu) and Rhinovirus (common cold). UV-C light can be effective in killing and prevent the spread other viruses like Ebola, though PhoneSoap has not been tested against those.
Only organizations like the CDC and those working to contain COVID-19 have access to this novel strain of coronavirus to test, so PhoneSoap has not tested and therefore, cannot claim that our products kill COVID-19. That being said, we do know that coronavirus is an enveloped virus, similar to Influenza A (H1N1), which we have tested and know that PhoneSoap kills at a 99.99% reduction rate. PhoneSoap has also performed effectiveness testing on Human Coronavirus 229E, which has been shown to be similar to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Mold is often difficult to get rid of with just surface-level cleaning. UV-C light can effectively kill both mold and mold spores.
Similar to mold and even bacteria, fungus has DNA that can be broken apart and destroyed by UV-C light.
There have not been many studies exploring the full effects of UV light on killing bed bugs. But one study done in 2013 at Ohio State University was able to conclude that UV light can effectively kill bed bugs and make it harder for them to reach a host. The study also showed that bed bug eggs are vulnerable to UV treatment.
Some studies have shown that UV light is most effective in killing algae when it is not attached to fish or rocks and is just free-floating.
Where is UV Light Beneficial?
UV-C light is a great way to sanitize and clean anywhere and everywhere. PhoneSoap products make it safe and easy to use UV-C to kill bacteria and viruses in your home and also in places like hospitals, offices, gyms, and stores. The PhoneSoap 3 allows you to sanitize phones and other small devices and our HomeSoap can sanitize multiple phones at once as well as tablets, remotes, controllers, and even baby bottles.
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