Further evidence that far-UVC for disinfection is unlikely to cause erythema or pre-mutagenic DNA lesions in skin

Isla Rose Mary Barnard, Ewan Eadie, Kenny Wood*

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Abstract

It is well understood that ultraviolet‐C (UVC) radiation is effective for the destruction of micro‐organisms and drug‐resistant bacteria and is being investigated for its effectiveness at destroying the virus responsible for the current Covid‐19 global pandemic.

Far‐UVC (200 ‐ 220 nm) has been proposed as an effective disinfection radiation that is safe to humans. In 2014, Woods et al. undertook a first‐in‐person study to assess the effect on skin of a 222 nm UVC emitting device (Sterilray disinfectant wand, Healthy Environment Innovations, Dover, NH, USA).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-477
Number of pages2
JournalPhotodermatology, Photoimmunology, & Photomedicine
Volume36
Issue number6
Early online date12 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Monte Carlo method
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Viruses

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