Here at Violet Defense, we are passionate about protecting our world from germs. As part of this journey, our blog helps us all to become more “germ aware” about the risks that germs pose to our health and wellness in everyday places, but more importantly how UV light has the power to help us fight this war against harmful bacteria and viruses.



New Tools Against a Global Threat

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Most of us are aware that we are surrounded by germs every day, but a lot of us don't really like to think about that.  Unfortunately, the potential dangers have grown too high for us to not pay attention or take it that seriously.

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If you look at the top causes of death according to the World Health Organization's Global Health Estimates (2015), you will see commonly known threats like ischemic heart disease and stroke.  However, you'd be missing the real threat that germs represent to our health and wellness.

When you total up all of the deaths caused by infections due to germs that surround us (ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to respiratory infections and STDs), you start to see a very concerning picture.  Various bacterial and viral infections cause approximately 9.3 million deaths each year, making it the second leading cause of death compared to 10 million from heart disease and 8.7 million from cancer.

Most are unaware that over 9 million people, based on 2015 WHO data, across the world die from illnesses caused by germs each year, comparable to heart disease and greater than cancer.
— Mark Nathan, CEO, Violet Defense

When you combine the harmful impact germs represent, the continued growth in antibiotic resistance, and recent pandemics like the 2014 Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people, new agencies outside of the traditional health care sector are starting to pay attention to this issue that can have widespread consequences.  Recently, the World Bank's annual meeting included a simulation about how things like travel and tourism could be affected by a mystery respiratory virus.   After the Ebola Response, the bank wanted "to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again," according to Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank.

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The good news is that as we become more aware of the threat, we can develop and deploy new solutions.  Violet Defense has recently launched a new line of germ-killing light products, including our S.A.G.E. UV Whole Room Unit that can add a layer of protection to a virtually unlimited number of locations.  The small footprint of our products, coupled with the germ-killing power, enables clinical-level cleaning in everyday spaces - from hotels, restaurants, and cruise lines to assisted living facilities, doctor's offices, schools, and hospitals.

Contact us to find out more about how Violet Defense can help you protect yourself, your employees, and your customers against this very real threat.





Jessica JonesUV, outbreaks, germs, uv light