Can PhotoPlasma kill COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus. Because viruses are not living cells, we generally refer to neutralization — eliminating the virus’ ability to reproduce. UVC dose levels required to neutralize this new coronavirus have not yet been published; however, it is believed to be similar to other coronaviruses that have been shown to be neutralized by UVC.
How long does it take to reach the required dose?
The required exposure time depends on several factors: 1) UVC lamp power; 2) distance from the lamp; and 3) the angle at which the UVC light rays hit the surface. Most handheld wands produce little UVC power and require close exposure of surfaces for up to a minute to reach a 50mJ/cm2 dose. The only reliable way to know the required exposure duration is by using an accurate UVC dosimeter.
Can I see PhotoPlasma?
UVC ultraviolet light is well outside the visible light spectrum so it is invisible. However, mercury vapor UVC lamps also produce a small amount of visible blue light, but this light is not in the UVC range. Beware of some LED disinfection products that use blue LEDs (not expensive UVC LEDs). Such lamps produce a satisfying blue glow but no UVC light.
Can PhotoPlasma be used to disinfect face masks?
Yes, face masks can be disinfected by UVC. However, because masks and fabrics have microscopic cavities that are not directly exposed to the UVC light, much higher dose levels are required. Mask disinfection usually involves high-power lamps and may require UVC exposure exceeding 1000mJ/cm2 to adequately disinfect. Some rubber/elastic material can disintegrate.
Is the VERSAPURE™ Sanitation Cabinet technology verified as safe?
Yes.The VERSAPURE™ Sanitation Cabinet abides by OSHA Guidelines regarding maximum levels of ozone exposure within an indoor environment.