working-2618559_1920.jpg

blog

THE POWER OF UV

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.

 

 
 
Posts tagged UV light
Top 4 Reasons Why You Might Need a New Way to Disinfect

In the middle of one of the worst cold and flu seasons in recent history, everyone is probably a little more diligent about washing their hands.  Parents are trying to isolate sick children from the rest of the family.  Schools are cleaning classrooms more often to try to decrease the spread of illness among students and staff, but illness is still spreading rapidly. 

So why is it so hard to disinfect properly?

It’s Difficult to Find the Right Chemical Disinfectant for Every Job

Depending on the type of disinfectant you are using, it may or may not effectively kill everything.  For example, ammonia-based cleaners or vinegar are eco-friendly cleaners, but they can’t disinfect staph bacterium.  Antibacterial soap may kill some bacteria, but no more than regular soap, and it doesn’t fight off viruses.

Cleaning disinfecting chemicals

An article in Real Simple highlights 5 areas that you should disinfect during cold and flu season (cell phones, keyboards, doorknobs, countertops & faucets, and stuffed animals & blankets) – each one requiring a different type of cleaner, wipe or process to sanitize without the risk of damaging what you are trying to clean. 

Your Cleaners May Take Longer to Kill Germs Than You Realize

How closely do you read the labels on your current disinfectants?  You may or may not know that most household wipes and cleaners require the surface to be visibly wet for 3-4 minutes or more to kill 99.9% of some types of bacteria or virus. 

Are you using alcohol to clean?  Alcohol may need 2-10 minutes on the surface to do the job. This processing time is complicated by alcohol’s rapid evaporation rate.  While wiping away dirt and grime are important, you still may be leaving bacteria and viruses behind if you don’t ensure adequate contact time for the chemical cleaner with the surface.

You Are Likely Leaving Bacteria or Viruses Behind

Without the right tools, it is difficult to eliminate the bacteria and viruses that may linger on your surfaces.  A study by UC Davis found that after the use of traditional mops and cloths, there was only a 30% reduction in bacteria.  Even if you have the right tools and chemicals, you may miss surface areas or not use the correct chemical for the job.  Another study conducted by Carlin in acute care hospitals found that only 49% of tested surfaces had reached the required compliance with cleaning standards.

Products May Be Harmful to You & the Environment

You may think that the products you are purchasing are keeping you healthy by killing germs, but they may also be harmful to you and the environment.  While Bleach is effective against dirt, mold, bacteria and viruses, “bleach is also one of the most harmful disinfectants to human health and has been linked to respiratory problems and birth defects.”  It may also be hazardous to wildlife and the environment.  In addition, it may permanently damage everyday fabrics like clothing, upholstery, and carpet.  Furthermore, bleach is corrosive to most metals in high concentrations.

Antibacterial soap products have been very popular lately, however the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently banned certain active ingredients because manufacturers were unable to demonstrate that these ingredients were safe for long-term daily use. The agency issued the ruling after reviewing data provided by the manufacturers on the safety and effectiveness of the ingredients. Essentially, the manufacturers were unable to prove that the ingredients are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections:

"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). "In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term."

The ruling further noted that some data suggested that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products, including triclosan and triclocarban, could pose health risks for humans, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. 

uv room disinfection - A Better Way to Disinfect

Consumers need options for cleaning that can kill bacteria and viruses effectively and safely, which shouldn’t mean the necessity to have 20 different cleaning products to be able to disinfectant every surface and situation in your house.

SAGE Micro in Carry Case.png

That’s where ultraviolet light has historically proven to be extremely effective.  The new S.A.G.E. (Surface & Air Germ Elimination) line of products from Violet Defense uses ultraviolet light to safely and effectively disinfect the air and the surrounding surfaces.  Violet Defense technology has been shown to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. 

With options like S.A.G.E. Micro, a unit about the size of a book, you can simply place the unit in the room you want to disinfect, plug it in, and return to a space that is truly clean without worrying about damaging the surfaces, contents or spreading chemicals throughout the environment of your room or home.

For a better way to disinfect, contact the team at Violet Defense.

5 Outbreaks in 2017 that Violet Defense Technology Could Have Helped

As we look forward to the great things to come in 2018, one of our primary goals is to ensure that we can protect more people from the harmful bacteria and viruses that cause unnecessary illnesses.  Millions of people each year fall ill to diseases caused by germs, including Norovirus, MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella, and many more.  Outbreaks are not limited to a single location or a single industry – they can happen just about anywhere that people go.  Here are a few examples of outbreaks that occurred in 2017.

1.  District Closes 18 Schools

Schools can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses with so many students in close proximity.  Moreover, add the fact that germs such as Norovirus are highly contagious and difficult to combat due to their resistance to many disinfectants, and these germs can easily become a major problem. For children attending public schools, transmission of common infectious diseases is estimated to result in more than 164 million lost school days each year.  In Humboldt County, California, a district closed 18 schools to ensure they could complete a deep clean to eliminate such germs prior to allowing students to return.  Not only does this mean lost education time for students, in some states this means less money for schools as well, especially if their budgets are based on attendance.  Add in the additional administrative expenses for handling these situations, as well as the lost wages for parents who must take time off work to care for their sick children, and the result is a huge economic impact for every outbreak.

2.  Royal Caribbean Cruise Outbreak Impacts Over 300 Passengers

Cruise Ship Norovirus.jpg

According to the CDC, 310 passengers and 22 crew members reported being ill on a December sailing of the Independence of the Seas.  This outbreak of Norovirus is one of 11 outbreaks reported on cruise ships in 2017.  Two ships, the Noordam and the Volendam, both suffered back-to-back Norovirus outbreaks in July 2017 highlighting that without proper disinfection of a ship these diseases can linger even between voyages.  Altogether, nearly 1400 passengers and crew members were reported ill on cruise ship outbreaks in 2017.  However, this may not be the total number of passengers impacted as many may not have officially reported their illness.  

3.  Assisted Living Center Quarantined

The CDC reports that up to 3 million serious infections occur in assisted living facilities each year.  Symptoms from illnesses caused by pathogens such as Norovirus can be extremely serious for older adults.  Seniors are prone to complications from these illnesses as they are more susceptible to such dangers as dehydration from stomach viruses.  In January of 2017, one assisted living facility had to place its guests under quarantine to prevent the further spread of Norovirus in their facility.  As a result, residents had to be placed in isolation for weeks to prevent other seniors from falling ill. 

4.  Hotel Investigated for Norovirus Outbreak

In April 2017, a hotel was investigated for a Norovirus outbreak after a group of 20 students were reported ill.  This outbreak followed reported illnesses of at least two other groups at the Connecticut Hotel & Convention Center.  It is noteworthy to mention that hotels are not usually identified as the source of such outbreaks because travelers are unable to trace the cause of their illness as they often leave the hotel before the symptoms manifest.  However, even if outbreaks are not commonly attributed to hotels, we know from surveys how important cleanliness is, as 85% of hotel guests indicate that cleanliness is one of the most important factors in selecting a hotel. Hence, it’s critical that hotels have an effective disinfection solution.

5.  Salmonella Outbreak Shuts Down Restaurant

Restaurant Outbreak.jpg

In June 2017, Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill shut down while health investigators looked into a Salmonella outbreak.  This is just one example of the numerous foodborne illness outbreaks that occur in restaurants each year.  Not only does this lead to an immediate loss of revenue, but also a long-term negative impact on the business’ reputation.   Chipotle experienced two more outbreaks this year, with the most recent in Los Angeles, further compounding the stain on their reputation from the series of E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus outbreaks from 2015. 

While not all transmissions of illness can be prevented, especially those transmitted by person-to-person contact, we know that most bacteria and viruses can last for several days, and some even up to weeks on surfaces.  We also know that germs are regularly transmitted by contact with air, surfaces, and equipment that is not properly disinfected.  Some studies have indicated as many as 50% of surfaces are still contaminated after traditional chemical cleaning. 

Violet Defense’s Surface & Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) line of products can effectively kill up to 99.9% of germs in the air and on surfaces, including those that caused the many outbreaks this past year.  Violet Defense has also announced the S.A.G.E. UV Micro unit, an extremely small, yet powerful product that can be taken virtually anywhere.

For more information on how we can help protect your business and be prepared to tackle any potential outbreaks, contact us

Guide to Understanding UV Light & How It's Redefining Clean
How Does UV Kill Germs Bacteria Viruses.jpg

antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Many of us don’t like to think about the germs that surround us every day, but unfortunately with continually evolving and newly identified germs, along with growing concerns over antibiotic resistance to known germs, we have to take new steps to help protect ourselves.  In the United States alone, there are over 2 million people a year that become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics.  The CDC has labeled 18 bacteria as drug-resistant threats at this point.  Utilizing germicidal light as the next layer of defense is a trend that has gained new momentum in recent years as a new solution, even though it's been around for years.  In fact - it’s been over 140 years since Downes & Blunt discovered the antibacterial effects of sunlight.

ultraviolet light for disinfection

In spite of the extensive history and research that has gone into understanding germ-killing power of light and Ultraviolet (UV) light in particular, many of us do not know about or fully understand the capabilities of UV light.  A key aspect of UV light as a germ-killing technology is that microbes are unable to build immunity to it because it targets bacteria and viruses at the DNA and RNA levels.  And while many of the traditional UV systems utilize UV-C light only, Violet Defense has developed a very compact and cost-effective unit which delivers pulsed Xenon light that includes UV-A, UV-B, UV-C, and violet-blue light to maximize the germicidal effects. Download the Violet Defense Guide to Understanding UV Light to learn more about how UV is revolutionizing the way we clean and why UV might be the right solution for you.  

The Violet Defense UV solutions are specifically engineered to add a layer of protection to every day spaces where we encounter these harmful germs.  Even better – our installed options allow the units to run autonomously – giving you the protection you need without requiring your time or labor.  Not only is this a cost-effective solution, but a highly effective one - killing up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, MRSA, and norovirus.

For more information, contact Violet Defense today to discuss how our cutting-edge technology can help protect your world every day.

Jessica JonesUV, UV light, Disinfection