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Fighting COVID-19 with Ultraviolet Purifiers in Elevators

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According to Johns Hopkins University, over 250 million people around the world have been sickened by the coronavirus. Although it was hoped that total vaccination would stop the virus, almost two years into the pandemic that goal seems ever harder to reach.

Photo by Juliana Tanchak on Unsplash
Photo by Juliana Tanchak on Unsplash

Now that we know the pandemic is a long-term problem, the best response is a strategic one: how can we make our urban infrastructure safer and reduce transmission? So far, global efforts have focused on masking, social distancing, hand washing, and disinfecting surfaces. With hand sanitizer in public buildings and mask reminders on every bus, it’s time to take the fight against COVID-19 to the next level: disinfecting the air in public spaces. Ultraviolet radiation does a good job. Data collected by the US Food and Drug Administration showsthat ultraviolet-C (UVC) radiation is an effective tool for rapidly killing viruses by destroying the protein coating surroundingthem. The same process kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19.

The market is already backing ultraviolet technology. Experts estimatethat global sales of ultraviolet solutions for air cleaning will jump an average of 7.8% each of the next five years to reach USD 3.35 billion by 2026.

In Moscow, air purification starts with elevators. Moslift, the largest elevator service company in Eastern Europe, has developed systemsfor new and existing elevators that recirculate, disinfect, and purify air using ultraviolet radiation. Designed for safety, the recirculation systems are controlled by an algorithm that recognizes whether or not the elevator has passengers.

Analysts at the Mosprom Center for Export Support see demand for air cleaning systems in the CIS and globally. “Disinfecting the air in elevators is an effective public health tool,” one Mosprom analyst says. “The risk of transmission is higher in elevators because of the size of the space and the number of people using it throughout the day. This technology is an important means of fighting coronavirus transmission, and it can be used in other spaces, as well.”

Scientists are finding that, in the absence of filtration and disinfection technology, the virus can lingerin the confined space of an elevator and land on buttons and handrails, making elevators the riskiest location most people visit daily. The newest ultraviolet recirculation systems have been tested in elevators serving residential buildings, museums, and medical facilities.Moslift’s systems have passed tests conducted in accredited laboratories and in public spaces, and now the company is scaling production to respond to the pandemic. Safe and effective, the systems are patented and ready for export.

Interested in importing ultraviolet air purifiers or other technologies? The Mosprom Center for Export Support can connect you with hundreds of local tech companies. Part of the city government’s department for investment and industrial policy, the Mosprom Center helps local companies succeed in foreign markets. The Center’s experts analyze target markets and provide custom research to help clients create the most effective export strategies for their products, and its buyers program matches exporters with partners and customers abroad.

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