Investigating far-UVC light’s ability to stop transmission of airborne pathogens
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Designing a safe and inexpensive way of reducing airborne pathogens like coronavirus can help stop infections as we gather indoors for the winter.

Kirk Atkinson, a health physics and nuclear engineering researcher at Ontario Tech, is investigating how far-ultraviolet light from bulbs and lamps could stop transmission. Far-UVC light has a shorter wavelength than standard UVC used for microbial sterilization. Unfortunately, UVC can cause cancer and cannot be used around people. Far-UVC, in contrast, kills airborne pathogens and is safe to use around people. Working with British researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Cranfield University, Atkinson is simulating the use of this light in long-term care facilities and private rooms in hospitals.

The goal is to reduce the virus’s spread as people become weary of mask wearing and physical distancing.

For more information, visit Ontario Tech University.

“Even with announcements from big pharma that a vaccine will be publicly available in the near future, recent evidence suggests the vaccine might only provide immunity for a few months at best. We cannot take the risk that a hard-earned return to normality could be snatched away from us again.”
Kirk Atkinson
Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science researcher, Ontario Tech University
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