Robot with UV rays arrives in Mexico deactivates COVID-19.

 Along with technological advances, robotics has taken an unprecedented boom. Today, in the COVID-19 pandemic, people who are in charge of cleaning, run health risks when doing their work and in the same way, people who go to public places are exposed, since it is almost impossible to clean each area and object within a closed space. Gradually, doctors and researchers have revealed the way in which the coronavirus is transmitted, possible sources of exposure include close contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19 or coming into contact with surfaces that someone infected has touched or manipulated; touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

The MTS UVC robot, began to be used in Spain, does not require human handling and disinfects with ultraviolet light, although these rays are harmful to humans. However, it is used in empty spaces and is capable of sterilizing, with an effectiveness of 99.96% closed spaces such as: offices, industries or hospitals. In Mexico, it is the first of its kind.

UVC radiation, with a wavelength between 100 and 280 nanometers, with which the robot works, is invisible to the human eye and passes through the cell walls of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which causes damage to its reproductive system and, finally, it neutralizes it.

Ultraviolet light is particularly effective in destroying the genetic material of microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria, preventing their replication. This method has already been used since 1878, to sterilize hospitals, airplanes or food; even drinking water to kill some chlorine resistant organisms. In the face of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this type of disinfection is once again important by incorporating technology.

Dr. Anthony Griffiths, associate professor of Microbiology at the Boston School of Medicine, was commissioned to conduct research to test the effectiveness of ultraviolet light to deactivate SARS-CoV-2, obtaining positive results. This type of light deactivates COVID-19 in just 6 seconds. Sterilizing devices with this technology skyrocketed their sales.

The robot, which has dimensions similar to those of a supermarket cart, has a cost of one million, 650 thousand pesos and its use can be extended to banks, transport units, schools, hospitals, etc.

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