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Protect yourself from COVID-19 with Ultraviolet light (UV-C)

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If you’ve found yourself currently trying to master the fine art of opening doors with your elbows or sleeve amid the rising concern of coronavirus . . . you’re not alone!

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild, but it is spreading quickly through our communities. Efforts to slow this spread have made a lot of people scramble for creative ways to maintain good hygiene. The best thing you can do, according to the CDC is to avoid exposure, practice proper respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Proper hygiene and respiratory practices is important because the virus is predominately spread through aerosolized cough and sneeze droplets. These tiny droplets containing COVID-19 can travel between 3-6 feet, and anyone breathing those droplets into their airway could become infected.

Please don’t display your shock at this news by placing your hand over your mouth! Touching your nose, mouth, or eyes is another surefire way to inadvertently allow the virus into your system. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia tracked 26 college students and discovered they touched their face about 23 times per hour. That common habit most of us do without thinking averages out to be 386 times per day.

You may remember a similar outbreak in 2003 with SARS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that both SARS and COVID-19 are genetic cousins – both infecting our airways and having a single strand of genetic material called RNA and containing proteins protruding from their shells. Rudra Channappanavar, an immunologist who studied coronaviruses at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center showed that coronaviruses can live on plastered walls and laminate material for 36 hours, plastic and stainless steel for 72 hours, and glass for 96 hours. Glass – like the kind on the screen of the smartphone you’re probably reading this on.

Another study, conducted by the research firm Dscout, found that in a group of 94 people, the average person touches their phone 2,600 times per day. It’s not too far of a stretch to image how easy it would be to pick up the novel coronavirus from your phone screen if someone simply coughed or sneezed hear you.

The good news is Ultraviolet light (UV-C) can inactivate a broad spectrum of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. UV-C is the only way to completely obliterate harmful pathogens that are antibiotic-resistant.

The Vioguard products are designed to be primary solutions, meaning they eliminate problems at the source. Both the Cubby and Cubby+ kill pathogens that land on the surface of inanimate objects, elimination cross-contamination. Vioguard uses UV-C in the 253.7nm band to disinfect and sanitize surfaces in an average of 90 seconds.

Simply lay small items like cell phones, tablets, pens, and keys on the transparent shelf and UV-C light from all directions destroy germs, bacteria, and viruses at a molecular level. 360-degree effectiveness is guaranteed by the patented dosimeter technology that measures the UV-C levels.

Practicing proper hygiene and sanitizing surfaces can potentially minimize your chances of catching COVID-19.
Just remember to wash your hands more, touch your face less, and never worry about looking silly opening doors with your elbow again!

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