Bremerton Naval Hospital Harnesses Power of Sun to Increase COVID-19 Protection

  • Source: US Department of Defense
  • Published: 10/27/2020 12:00 AM

With patient and staff safety being paramount, one command has gone solar for additional safeguards in providing safe care to all in need. Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington, has employed a new tactic against the coronavirus and other similar, contagious germs by harnessing the power of the sun. The Bremerton, Washington-based military treatment facility recently acquired an ultraviolet light-emitting robot, specifically designed to eradicate infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and is finalizing the last stages of staff training before implementation. There are several classifications of ultraviolet light — ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B, or ultraviolet C — and the robots use the C variety due to pathogens not having a natural defense against it. The robot is outfitted with a patented xenon light that artificially produces the ultraviolet C light which can neutralize any pathogens such as COVID-19 in approximately two minutes on any surface.


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