Covid Killing Machine Offers First Line Of Defence For Our Homes This Christmas
A COVID-19 fighting sanitising machine could be a vital weapon in the war against the coronavirus this Christmas.
Between 23 and 27 December, people across the UK will be able to meet with those from three other households in their homes to celebrate Christmas - a relaxation of the rules which scientists claim will “throw fuel on the COVID fire.”
However, there are now cost effective solutions to keeping the air and surfaces in our homes safe emerging. One of them is a new machine that combines UV-C technology with ozone technology to kill 99.9% of airborne viruses, including the flu and COVID-19 which we trialled at Harley Street Skin recently because of the importance of keeping our patients and staff safe.
The UV-C Sanispace machines are the first devices in the UK to harness the inactivating properties of ozone for use in occupied rooms. They can be easily moved from room to room to cleanse the air and surfaces and are capable of making our homes safer this Christmas.
This is how they work: 'contaminated' air is exposed to direct UV-C light inside the machine which in turn destroys unwanted vira, bacteria, pollen, fungi, mould and other unwanted particles in the air including those belonging to the coronavirus.
Tests on the Sanispace machines show that they can inactivate a bacteriophage in an aerosol state called MS2 which is 7-10 times more resistant than coronavirus.
Inactivation is 90% after 1 hour and 99% after 2 hours which means that in any room where the machine is installed there will be a protective shield from the virus.
It keeps both the air and the surfaces sterile and is an ideal solution for almost any environment such as care homes where our elderly need to be protected, shops, restaurants, offices and gyms.
In my opinion it is one of the strongest weapons we currently have to combat the virus over the winter months whilst the vaccination programme is being deployed. However, its use could be of even greater value this Christmas as I fear that the relaxation of the rules on indoor mixing for up to 5 days will carry the risk of a rise in the infection rate, increased hospitalisations and deaths and add additional pressure on the NHS.
However, this new patented technology which for domestic use costs just over £700 could enable restaurants, leisure and retail to open up more safely and allow families to confidently reunite with their loved ones this Christmas.