Can UV Light Kill Coronavirus?

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • UV light can control the transmission of airborne-mediated microbial diseases and may be useful with COVID-19
  • UV light has been used to stop the transmission of C. difficile, tuberculosis, influenza and Ebola
  • UV light has been successful in deactivating MERS, a virus similar to SARS and COVID-19
  • Unlike many medications, UV light can kill resistant viruses that have mutated
  • Sales of UV light devices for decontamination are soaring since the outbreak of COVID-19

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