Walk into a dressing room at half-time and you’ll find players sat next to each other, sweaty and breathing hard. This is precisely the type of environment a virus thrives in.
In this age of empty stadiums, the emphasis is on keeping players and coaching staff safe from the virus that causes COVID-19. Not surprisingly, regular testing, masks, social distancing and hand sanitation have become the norm.
Now, some of the most forward-thinking football clubs are turning to Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) technology to provide an extra layer of protection in the fight against the virus. UV-C lighting
is proving vital in the ongoing battle to keep clubs functioning and fixtures playable, helping to protect staff and players during these uncertain times.Light to inactivate the virus
UV-C light at the wavelength of 254 nm is proven to be a highly effective disinfectant. In fact, it is so effective that tests done on a Signify UV-C light source at Boston University, revealed that after just 9 seconds the virus causing COVID-19 was found to be below detectable levels.
Times for inactivating the virus, by breaking down its DNA/RNA, vary depending on the strength of the light source and its proximity to the contaminated surface. The power of UV-C is such that people or animals should not be exposed to the light source as it could harm their skin and eyes.