We’ll make light work of this virus - if these boffins have ...

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We’ll make light work of this virus - if these boffins have their way

They’ve been zapping drug-resistant bacteria and the flu virus with special rays. Covid-19 may be their defining moment

AFP

Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, planes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a game changer in the Covid-19 fight?

Researchers at Columbia University have been working on such uses for years, and the current pandemic could confirm the value of their efforts.

Ultraviolet-C (UVC) lamps have long been used to kill bacteria, viruses and moulds, notably in hospitals and in the food-processing industry. As the coronavirus pandemic knocks world economies on their heels, this technology is experiencing a boom...

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