UV Angel, a Grand Haven-based leading disinfection technology company, has announced the results of an advanced aerosolized SARS CoV2 study that demonstrates that UV Angel Clean Air units were effective in destroying 99.9 percent of the virus that causes COVID-19 illness.
The results from the study were provided by a third-party BSL 3 laboratory qualified to test for the aerosolized SARS CoV2 virus and its associated variants. UV Angel tests its air products with actual aerosolized (airborne) viruses, unlike other technologies that only test on surfaces.
In an additional environmental study at a leading U.S. hospital, UV Angel Clean Air units were installed in a high-risk, intensive care unit, where measured bacteria in the air within patient rooms and the nursing station dropped by a dramatic 91 percent.
The test results also showed that by cleaning the air, the UV Angel Upper Room UVGI air technology reduced bacterial contamination on settled surfaces in the patient rooms on average by 68 percent, without adding any additional disinfecting chemicals to the environment. This is an important finding, the company says, as bacteria on settled surfaces often gets back into the environment based on normal patient care activity.
“It is important to note that UV Angel was not founded because of COVID-19,” says Tom Byrne, CEO of UV Angel. “UV Angel was founded almost a decade ago, backed by years of extensive research, with the singular mission of making the world a safer place.
“Through innovation in automated disinfection technologies, UV Angel works to protect frontline health care workers, staff, patients, and families by helping to reduce health care-associated infections.”
Utilizing a chemical free approach, UV Angel Clean Air units are designed to fit directly into a traditional ceiling light fixture. The system quietly draws in air from the room into a concealed, safe, and shielded chamber, where ultraviolet light (UVGI) neutralizes viruses, bacteria, and fungi (mold) up to 99.9 percent. The clean air is then safely returned to the room, creating a safer and healthier environment. Operating completely independent from conventional building HVAC, the system operates continuously, 24×7/365.
“People are the greatest source of most indoor bacteria and viruses,” says Dr. Linda D. Lee, chief medical affairs and science officer at UV Angel. “UV Angel’s technology targets the reduction of bacteria, viruses, and fungi to reduce the risk of disease transmission, which primarily occurs when people are present within occupied indoor environments.”
UVGI technology is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is strongly recommended by the White House as an effective added protection measure against the ongoing fight of COVID-19 and other bioaerosols.