A battery-operated “Nano-UV Portable Disinfection Light” has been developed by a Hong Kong company, says the Manchester Evening News.
It looks like a mobile phone, but flips open to reveal an ultraviolet lamp. Those behind the product say it is certified to kill 99.99% of the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in five seconds, and harmful bacteria, such as MRSA, E.cColi and salmonella, in 10 seconds.
By using “multi-wavelength” UV technology, combining UVA, UVB and UVC rays, manufacturers say the light is more effective than standard UV disinfection products at killing the DNA of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
The light has a sterilising effect when passed over objects like baby’s dummies, nappy changing tables, cutlery, toilet seats and towels.
A Glasgow-based firm, is now in the process of securing a big-name distributor for the product in the UK. The company said the battery-operated light, developed by Corva Technology Ltd, has been rigorously tested and can be used to sterilise any surface except the skin. It also has a built-in safety device to ensure each use only lasts 10 seconds.
Microbiology expert, Professor Hugh Pennington said that the UV technology is well known for its germ-killing properties and has a place alongside other good hygiene practices, such as hand-washing.
“UV light does destroy bugs, there’s no doubt about that,” the emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University said. “We have known that for a long, long time, so it has a place, but only alongside all these other things that are more traditional in some ways.”