As shops along with hospitality and dining venues reopen for limited indoor access, making those returning customers feel save amid COVID-19 can be a challenge. Mask use and social distance arrangements help but another improvement in the location might add to the reassurance: air conditioning with disinfection.
Given the emerging research indicating airborne transmission of coronavirus, enhanced environmental hygiene initiatives—for complete protection—should include both surface and air disinfection. Air disinfection in high-touch areas like lobbies, reception desks, hotels, restaurants, exercise facilities, medical facilities, and other public spaces should also be considered.
Research shows that germicidal UV (ultraviolet) light can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. Applying UV in expansive areas, such as dining rooms, hospital rooms, and hotels has been gaining traction in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
JAC Construction, Temecula, Calif., and its sister company Level 3 Design Group have partnered with Ultraviolet Devices, Valencia, Calif. and Industrial Commercial Systems, Vista, Calif., to bring their advanced UV-C Air Disinfection products to hospitality and commercial markets. The program, called StayProtected, is a comprehensive approach that combines Ultraviolet Devices’ technology along with holistic methods to help prevent airborne transmission of viruses, including coronavirus. Alen Cooper, president, JAC, is spearheading the program.
JAC and Level-3 will deploy the Ultraviolet Devices UV-C Air Disinfection portfolio into leading hospitality and commercial sites. Scientific evaluation of the approach shows 99% coronavirus inactivation, in independent laboratory testing, against harder-to-kill bacterial and virus surrogates and meets the CDC and ASHRAE Airborne Infection Control guidelines. Ultraviolet Devices’ proprietary software system incorporates exact air system properties to output the custom lamp configuration and intensity needed to inactivate coronavirus.
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