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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

UV-C technology

A Simple Solution to 
Covid Protection!  

I was recently provided the below information from a friend who is working hard to get this into the school system. He suggested the efficacy on aircraft, too. Sometimes the simplest solutions are overlooked. 

UV-C technology is high-intensity ultraviolet light used to kill viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. It kills immediately. Hospitals use it in their HVAC systems to eliminate airborne pathogens. Especially systems that recirculate the air. It is low cost, fast to install, low maintenance, and has long service life. Either fluorescent or LED bulbs are placed in the main air plenum where the coils are located. Not only does this kill the slime, mold, viruses, bacteria on the coils, as the air flows by any pathogens in the air are immediately killed. WHAM! PRONTO! ZAP!

I’ve been trying like heck to get my children’s school to install this because the school’s HVAC recirculates the air. So does the air in an airliner. Even if an airplane doesn’t recirculate the air, it still has to pass by the coils, or through the fuselage a few times before exiting.

I just thought you might be interested in knowing about this technology. It’s such a brainless solution, and has actually been around for decades! I’m just putting two and two together here. I used to work as a dental lab tech, and spent fourteen years working daily with both blood borne and airborne pathogens (Hep A,B,C, AIDS, TB, the plague!) Seen it all! Yet a retrofit of this type would be so damned easy! Cost pennies, take only a few hours. I mean all we’re talking about here some simple lights being installed that’s all! Under $500! Even with masks you're still filling up the cabin with germs over a period of two hours or less. More on longer flights. At least this way you’d have a powerful ally on your side. Combined with masks and surface disinfect you’d be a heck of a lot safer than right now!

Take a look at this visualization created by Dr. Van Den Wymelenberg of the University of Oregon. If that’s not similar to an aircraft cabin I don’t know what is! I’ve been corresponding with Dr. Wymelenberg. He and a team of others have just published a paper on how COVID is being transmitted/transported via HVAC systems. His info appears below:

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Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

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