Can a UV Sanitizer Box Kill Viruses?
UV lights have been used for many years to stop the spread of viruses. Many are wondering if it can stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The answer to this question is yes but many home UV devices have misleading claims.
For UV to kill viruses it needs to have the right dosage and also come in the right form. There are 3 types of UV radiations which are UVA, UVB, and UVC. One of them is known to kill 99.9% of viruses when applied correctly.
What are UVA lights?
UVA lights are the main type of lights used in tanning beds. They penetrate the skin further than UVB and can cause aging of the skin. They are also able to go through clouds and windows. They have the highest wavelength and are also low energy.
What are UVB lights?
UVB lights are the ones that can cause skin cancer. Some may get through the clouds but they don't get through windows. Tanning beds could use a combination of UVA and UVB. They have a shorter wavelength and higher energy than UVA.
What are UVC lights?
UVC lights have the shortest wavelengths and highest energy output. It is the most damaging light of the 3 by far and can damage all forms of life. The good news for us is that it is completely filtered out by the ozone layer and never reaches the ground. This is the type of light use in a quality UV sanitizer box.
UVC can disinfect devices only with the right wavelength.
The best wavelength to use to disinfect items is between 200nn and 280nm. They are also known in the industry as germicidal lamps. 254nm lights are sometimes before but they contain mercury and are bad for the environment. Now there are a variety of UV-C LED lights that don't contain mercury. For example, the lights used in our KandyMask UV sanitizer box contain 6 UV-C lights that are 275nm each.
How does UV-C actually kill viruses?
UVC light doesn't kill the virus but it deactivates the virus by damaging its DNA making it harmless. This is the reason why UV-C is used in hospitals as a disinfectant. Some UV lights are left in a room when humans are not around. There are other devices like our UV box that have a safety cover and only shines on devices with the lids are closed making it safer for humans.
UV-C can sanitize all types of things but some better than others.When using a UV box to sanitize your home items it's important to make understand the basics. UV-C only deactivates viruses where the light is shining. For example, if you are sanitizing a phone you should turn the phone over to disinfect the other side. It is also better sanitizing hard surfaces over porous surfaces. If you are trying to sanitize your face mask you will need to leave it longer than a phone. There are more places for germs to hide so you want to make sure you lay your mask spread out at the bottom. Zap it for a good 10 minutes or more then turn it over and sanitize it for another 10 minutes. Longer the better to make sure you have your bases covered.
Most of these daily can be disinfected with a UV sanitizer box.
- Face Masks
- Credit cards
- Baby bottles
- Baby pacifiers
- Cell phones
- Ear buds and much more
Take a look at our newest KandyMask UV sanitizer box as it has the right functions to protect you and your family.