The rapid surge of the coronavirus to new highs daily has everyone frightened. And let’s face it, feeling a little more desperate for help staying safe.
Well, research may have just uncovered another new weapon to add to the list of ones we’re already using. And this time, it isn’t for the doctors, hospitals, and first responders.
This one is for the rest of us.
The new study reveals a way we may be able to kill the virus when it’s lurking on everyday items and surfaces. And this could help provide a little more protection for you and your loved ones from infection. Not to mention a little extra peace of mind.
Best of all? It doesn’t require any harmful chemicals.
No weird soaps or sprays, either. And it doesn’t even rely on the Lysol or Clorox wipes that are still impossible to find in many parts of the country.
The novel solution harnesses the power of LIGHT instead.
Powerful light could zap coronavirus germs
This might reveal just how paranoid I am. But I’m always honest with you, so here it goes.
I have a confession to make. I recently purchased a UV light machine to put my smartphone in. You drop the phone into the little box, close it, and a powerful light comes on inside to fry any little germs to a crisp.
You can use it to clean keys, masks, or any other items that fit flat inside too.
They also sell bigger UV lightboxes for larger items. Plus, there are even special UV light wands available that you can wave over surfaces or countertops to do the same.
But now a new study has revealed you DON’T have to be paranoid to use these things. Because as it turns out, UV light really CAN help battle back against the coronavirus.
Researchers in Israel discovered that LED bulbs that use UV light can wipe out 99.9 percent of the germs behind the COVID-19 infection. And they do the job in just 30 seconds.
The scientists called it “quite simple,” saying UV bulbs with 285-nanometer wavelengths work effectively against the coronavirus.
Extra protection and peace of mind?
Now I admit, that number might not mean a whole lot to most people. But trust me when I tell you it’s GOOD news for folks like you and me.
Because it’s not the high-end UV light devices sold to hospitals we’re talking about here. Instead, it’s the cheaper and easy-to-find form of UV light from LED bulbs. In other words, the stuff you and I can easily buy online or order for curbside pickup from a local electronics store.
There’s still a debate going on about how well the coronavirus survives on surfaces. And how easy it is to catch it or spread it from everyday objects. So there are no guarantees that a home UV light device will make a huge difference.
But studies HAVE confirmed the coronavirus can survive on cardboard, for example, for up to 24 hours. And hospitals and other healthcare institutions do already use industrial versions of this same technology.
Since I’m in the “better safe than sorry” camp, I was already disinfecting my phone, keys, and, of course, my masks whenever I returned from any trips outside the house. Now that I have my UV lightbox, that process is even easier.
And it might not be a bad idea to use a similar device to zap countertops, packages, mail, and delivery items. Even if your friends and family DO decide to call you paranoid. (It sure beats trying to “wash” your mail, anyway.).
Just remember to never look directly at the light. In fact, if you decide to use a “wand” type device, it’s a good idea to pop on a pair of sunglasses to be safe.
And of course, despite their shape, they’re NOT magic coronavirus wands. You still need to take ALL of your other standard precautions, including regular hand-washing and wearing a mask whenever you’re out.
But if you’re looking for a little extra layer of protection, and just as importantly, peace of mind, UV light might fit the bill.