COVID-19 AND UV PROTECTION




COVID-19 AND UV PROTECTION


Recent information about UV radiation destroying the Covid-19 virus may confuse many people. The UV wavelengths with germicidal properties are in the UVC range. UVC from sunlight is absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere, making its harmful effects of little concern.


Usually UVC isn’t part of the discussion we have with patients about UV protection since there is no natural exposure.


With some of the current reports, some people may draw erroneous conclusions and abandon their sunglasses and sunblock thinking they are protecting themselves from Covid-19. It’s easy to understand how people can confuse germicidal UVC with the UVA and B we receive from sunlight which do nothing to destroy covid-19. UV exposure in any form is detrimental to our skin and eyes.


Two factors are required of a light source to destroy a virus: intensity and time. Germicidal UVC lamps can cause damage to human tissue in about 3 seconds.! So please, continue to protect your eyes and skin from harmful UVA and B, and remember the sunlight we receive outdoors is still harmful but is NOT effective in fighting covid-19.

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