Does UV Light Kill Coronavirus Here s What The Science Says

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UV-C technology is nothing new -- it's been used before in consumer devices such as the PhoneSoap, pictured -- but safety concerns are on the rise as companies claim their UV-C light devices kill the coronavirus.


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With man-made [/news/the-best-places-to-buy-hand-sanitizer-right-now/ hand sanitizer] in short supply, many people are turning to what's been called "nature's hand sanitizer," or ultraviolet light. UV light is the latest popular tool in the ongoing race to find ways to prevent oneself from catching SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes [/news/coronavirus-explained-symptoms-lockdowns-and-all-your-covid-19-questions-answered/ COVID-19]. 
Disinfection by way of UV light is nothing new: The [ International Ultraviolet Association] says it's been a useful technology for over 40 years, contributing to clean water and clean air. Many consumer devices also use UV light to disinfect things, such as [/news/best-self-cleaning-water-bottles-for-tastiest-tap-water-2020/ self-cleaning UV light water bottles] and [/news/clean-phone-happy-phone-get-a-uv-sanitizer-for-60-or-less/ UV-emitting cases] that [/news/can-coronavirus-live-on-your-phone-heres-how-to-clean-it-without-damaging-the-screen/ clean your dirty phone]. 

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When it comes to the [ coronavirus], though, things aren't so clear-cut. There are risks that come with using UV light devices, especially when using them on your skin. Before ordering the first UV light sanitizer you see, read up on the current evidence about UV light disinfectants and the potential risks of using them on yourself.