A Japanese robot automatically disinfects hospitals and other sites, destroying the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in just two minutes, using ultraviolet radiation (UV).
The “LightStrike” robot of medical equipment company Terumo emits ultraviolet light at a wavelength of 200 to 315 nanometers, which disinfects beds, doorknobs and other surfaces.
After irradiation of two to three minutes pathogenic microorganisms have been damaged enough to be inactivated or destroyed.
The technology had been successfully tested against resistant bacteria, even against the Ebola virus, and now the US company “Xenex Disinfection Services” announced that it tested the robot equally successfully and against the new coronavirus, according to the “Financial Times”.
The decontamination by the robot showed 99.99% effectiveness in the elimination of the coronavirus from medical masks N95, for which there is a shortage internationally.
Many hospitals worldwide have shown interest in the robot, which costs about $140,000.