the Zap Band®

UV-C Zap Band ® is an essential tool for individuals to protect themselves against the invisible germs lurking on objects you can touch. UV-C Zap Band has embedded a UV-C ultraviolet light (265-280nm) to help you sanitize your immediate environment in a safe and convenient manner. Microbial diseases pose a major public health challenge. A direct approach to prevent transmission is inactivation using UV-C technology. It has been demonstrated that UV-C light efficiently inactivates germs without harming exposed skin. This is because UV-C light cannot penetrate the outer layers of human skin. However, since bacteria & viruses are much smaller, UV-C light can penetrate and kill them. UV-C light has long been used to help sanitize hospital rooms and medical equipment. We now have a convenient wrist band for the general public to safely sanitize their environment, like smartphones, keyboards, utensils, cups, plates, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, steering wheels, etc.



History of UV-C light

In 1878, Arthur Downes and Thomas P. Blunt published a paper describing the sterilization of bacteria exposed to short-wavelength light. UV has been a known mutagen at the cellular level for over 100 years. The 1903 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Niels Finsen for his use of UV against lupus vulgaris, tuberculosis of the skin. Using UV light for disinfection of drinking water dates back to 1910 in Marseille, France. The prototype plant was shut down after a short time due to poor reliability. In 1955, UV water treatment systems were applied in Austria and Switzerland; by 1985 about 1,500 plants were employed in Europe. In 1998 it was discovered that protozoa such as cryptosporidium and giardia were more vulnerable to UV light than previously thought; this opened the way to wide-scale use of UV water treatment in North America. By 2001, over 6,000 UV water treatment plants were operating in Europe.



 

The Current Climate:

The quality and cleanliness of the environment in which we live all have a profound effect on our health and well-being. We’re all at risk of contracting or spreading viruses and bacteria. Some, notably the older and immunocompromised are more vulnerable than others. Regardless, we can all act as vectors, or transmitters of infection and become part of the problem. While our UV-C lights don't treat people directly, they can make a difference by helping to neutralize viruses and bacteria that might present a danger.

UV-C radiation is a known disinfectant for air, water and surfaces that can help mitigate the risk of acquiring an infection and has been used extensively for more than 40 years. Implementation of environmental cleaning and disinfection has been shown to reduce the incidences of healthcare-associated infections. All bacteria and viruses tested to date (many hundreds over the years, including various coronaviruses) respond to UV-C disinfection. Even aerosolized viruses have shown susceptibility to UV-C light. There is no question that UVC-light can play a major role in our future disinfection strategy.