Can a “new kind of light” prevent the next pandemic? scientists answer

youA group of American scientists suggests that there is a “new type of ultraviolet light” capable of killing almost all microbes in a room and which could even help prevent a new pandemic, writes the newspaper The Independent, citing a study published in Scientific Reports.

According to the researchers, it takes less than five minutes to reduce the number of airborne microbes by more than 98%. They also explain that they can be installed on the ceiling, like so many others. The goal? Help clear the air and stop the transmission of diseases like Covid, Flu and other future pandemics.

“Far UVC rapidly reduces the amount of active microbes in the air to nearly zero, making indoors as safe as the outdoors,” says David Brenner, of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and co-author of the study. Using this technology in places where people congregate indoors “can prevent the next potential pandemic,” he said.

The results of the study “far exceeded what is possible with ventilation alone,” adds Kenneth Wood, a professor at the University of St. Andrews and lead author of the study.

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