What is UVC?

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is present in sunlight, and constitutes about 10% of the total electromagnetic radiation output from the Sun.

The ultraviolet spectrum is divided into three categories, Ultraviolet A (UVA), Ultraviolet B (UVB), and Ultraviolet C (UVC).

Of the ultraviolet radiation that reaches the Earth's surface from the Sun, more than 95% is the longer wavelengths of UVA, with the small remainder UVB - there is essentially no UVC that passes through the atmosphere.

How can it be used?

A germicidal lamp is a special type of lamp that produces Ultraviolet C (UVC) light. This short-wavelength ultraviolet light kills and inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to replicate and perform other vital functions.

UVC has been proven to inactivate coronaviruses that are near-relatives of the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV. Recent demonstrations have also shown that UVC is specifically effective against COVID-19.

In China, UVC is being used widely to combat the spread of COVID-19, with buses being lit up each night, and UVC-emitting robots cleaning floors in hospitals.

Above: A bus is disinfected using UVC in Shanghai, China (Credit: Getty Images)

UVC light has been used extensively for more than 40 years in disinfecting drinking water, waste water, air, pharmaceutical products, and surfaces against a whole suite of human pathogens.

Below: A prototype airplane bathroom that uses ultraviolet (UVC) light to sanitise all surfaces in just 3 seconds.

UVC Use at Mevo

As part of our ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Germicidal UVC LED technology is being used during the routine cleaning of Mevo vehicles, alongside 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes.

Above: Germicidal UVC LED device in a Mevo vehicle.

Our team has received specific training on the safe and thorough use of this equipment in addition to routine cleaning, to ensure as thoroughly as possible that all pathogens are eliminated from the vehicle.

We're leveraging this technology to ensure we can provide you with the safest ride possible, and allow you to preserve your bubble and remain in isolation on essential trips.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or feedback on this.

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