Kraków firm comes up with device that DESTROYS coronavirus particles
A device that can destroy coronavirus particles has been created by scientists in Kraków.
The first device in the world to use four types of technology as part of the disinfection process, tests at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków showed the ‘Sterylis’ device was able to successfully destroy the Coronavirus pathogen in enclosed spaces.
Developed by Miloo Electronics in Lesser Poland, the device uses clinically safe UV-C radiation waves which allow for 24/7 air disinfection and the elimination of coronavirus and other viruses and bacteria in enclosed spaces where there are patients.
Dr Anna Różańska, from the Department of Infection Control and Mycology at the Jagiellonian University said: “The device eliminates the virus from the air.
“We confirmed the presence of the virus on patient facemasks, and the input filter of the Sterylis machine.
“After passing through the machine and receiving the UV-C radiation, the air on the outlet filter was negative for the presence of coronavirus.”
“All tests for the presence of coronavirus were carried out using the PCR method”, she added.
The machines, which are already in use at some hospitals, including the Marta Wiecka Hospital which was part of the testing study, are being praised by doctors.
Dr Jarosław Gucwa, deputy director for medicine at the hospital said: “There are a few dozen Sterylis machines working on our wards. In the wards where we have them, we don’t see horizontal transmission of covid-19 between patients, when before, we used to see cases occurring all the time.
“Another important factor in these machines is their ease of use and the costs to the hospital. We basically just plug them in and they work.
“We don’t need to use products for fumigation, which significantly reduces our costs. When we combine disinfection of the air with the sterilisation of surfaces, this is enough.”
Sterylis uses two filters in the disinfection process. It disinfects air inside the device by using UV-C radiation at a wavelength of 254 nanometres, the most effective wavelength for the destruction of microorganisms.
When tested under laboratory conditions, it was also found to reduce the number of mushrooms, mould and bacteria in the air, including drug-resistant ones, commonly responsible for hospital infections.