It is October 2020, and the COVID-19 virus is still in the air. The last few months have been about one major thing – survival. Everyone is trying to stay safe in the middle of a pandemic. We have adopted strict measures to keep us safe, some of which forbid us from going out in the streets freely or hugging our friends and loved ones. This is far from the norm. With the pandemic came widespread panic and concerns that we all struggled to adapt to. Significant progress has been made, both in fighting the pandemic and adapting to the new norm. But the crucial question remains, “When will this be over?”
No one has a definite answer to that question. However, it is not all doom and gloom; the world is standing together to find solutions to this problem. We are continually exploring new techniques to arrive at new methods of ensuring people’s safety, while we slowly work our way back to normalcy. One of such technologies is UV Lighting.
What is so special about UV lights?
It is easy to dismiss UV lights as ordinary on the first thought. However, you will realize that UV lights are a powerful source of light with immense disinfecting capabilities on a closer look. UV lighting in the right dosage and exposure can disinfect any space. It is a failsafe method of effectively killing and eliminating harmful micro-particles, including bacteria and viruses – including the ravaging COVID-19 virus.
Since the start of March 2020, we have seen several businesses close down to ensure customers’ and workers’ safety. This affected the economy considerably; the never-ending safety guidelines mean we cannot continue to run the economy at full speed. And it is even more worrisome because no one knows when it will end. We still don’t know for sure when we will walk safely in the streets and go back to the world as we know it. Fortunately, we have made significant progress in learning how to live with the virus, rather than pausing our lives. There are several technology-backed ways to stay safe while opening up facilities and getting back to our everyday lives.
UV lighting has become one of the most well-known, effective, cost-efficient, and safe protective methods around. For instance, ultraviolet disinfection systems work by transferring electromagnetic energy to the organism’s genetic material, which then pierces into the organism’s cell wall, disabling the cell from reproducing. A high success rate of this technology has been recorded when the conditions are right, such as adequate exposure, the intensity of the wave, and the amount of time exposed.
This same technique has found complete applications in real-life situations, especially in the hospitality industry and other public-service businesses. Let’s look at some of the firms that have adopted the UV lighting protection system as part of reopening.
5 Businesses implementing UV Lighting Solutions
1. Magnolia Bakery in New York City