Xenex Disinfection Company of Texas claims that it has created a robot, LightStrike, that can kill the coronavirus in just two minutes with a burst of high-intensity UVC light.
UVC light consists of shorter, more energetic wavelengths than traditional UV light.
The Texas company says that its robot can emit high bursts of this light to zap the coronavirus away from surfaces. It says that the robot is already being used in US military bases, campuses, police stations, and hospitals across the country.
When LightStrike was being tested it destroyed SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, in just two minutes the company blog claims.
“Covid-19 caused the world to stop in its tracks. As we discuss and plan for re-entry, the disinfection of public spaces is a major priority to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Putting an effective infection prevention infrastructure in place now is essential,” said Dr. Mark Stibich, the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Xenex.
“Our robots have been adopted as the environmental standard of care by many of the world’s leading hospitals because they work — and they work very quickly,” Stibich stated.
“As an evidence-based company, we turned to Texas Biomed to evaluate the efficacy of pulsed xenon UV against SARS-CoV-2 because we wanted our current and future customers to know with certainty that their pulsed xenon UV robots could stop COVID-19,” he added.
The robots use a xenon lamp to generate bursts of high intensity, full germicidal spectrum UVC light. The UVC light it produces is more intense than sunlight.
The light deactivates viruses, bacteria, and spores. It is also capable of altering the intensity because of different pathogens. The robot is put in a room alone because the intensity of the light means humans can’t be in the room or it would permanently damage their eyes.
Using the robot comes with a hefty price tag. The robots sell for $100,000 each and reportedly there is a waiting list of high- profile clients waiting to purchase one.