Arizona State University: Low-cost sterilization units combat N95 shortage, help businesses

Arizona State University: Low-cost sterilization units combat N95 shortage, help businesses. “Students in the Arizona State University Luminosity Lab have created two versions of a low-cost, small-scale sterilization unit that is effective on general personal protective equipment, including increasingly scarce N95 masks.”

Insurance Journal: Health Experts Caution Over Disinfectants, Cleaning Methods Used in Rush to Reopen

Insurance Journal: Health Experts Caution Over Disinfectants, Cleaning Methods Used in Rush to Reopen. “Businesses across the U.S. have begun intensive Covid-19 disinfection regimens, exposing returning workers and consumers to some chemicals that are largely untested for human health, a development that’s alarming health and environmental safety experts.”

Reuters: Russia’s Putin protected from coronavirus by disinfection tunnel – RIA

Reuters: Russia’s Putin protected from coronavirus by disinfection tunnel – RIA. “Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected from the novel coronavirus by a special disinfection tunnel that anyone visiting his residence outside Moscow must pass through, the state-controlled RIA news agency reported on Tuesday. The special tunnel, manufactured by a Russian company based in the town of Penza, has been installed at his official Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow where he receives visitors, it said.”

Phys .org: Killing coronavirus with handheld ultraviolet light device may be feasible

Phys .org: Killing coronavirus with handheld ultraviolet light device may be feasible. “A personal, handheld device emitting high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect areas by killing the novel coronavirus is now feasible, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Minnesota and two Japanese universities.”

South Florida SunSentinel: These cleaners mopped up crime scenes. Now they’re killing the coronavirus.

South Florida SunSentinel: These cleaners mopped up crime scenes. Now they’re killing the coronavirus.. “Wiping counters with disinfectant is one thing, but showing up with a team of people covered head to toe in protective gear to blast away the coronavirus? Many things stand out about how specialists do extensive cleaning at restaurants, hotels and hospitals across South Florida. Some even resemble Ghostbusters as they lug cleaning backpacks to spray every surface. Here are some key details that may surprise you about the lucrative, largely unregulated coronavirus disinfection industry.”

Using UV light to kill coronavirus: The benefits and risks (CNET)

CNET: Using UV light to kill coronavirus: The benefits and risks. “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 self-cleaning UV light water bottles and UV-emitting cases that clean your dirty phone. 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.”

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronaviru

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronavirus. “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its List N Tool, a new web-based application (app) that allows smart phone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Mashable: The complete guide to cleaning your headphones during a pandemic

Mashable: The complete guide to cleaning your headphones during a pandemic. “Going outside without music or podcasts to listen to can be a drag. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, you might consider taking some extra precautions so you can jam out safely during your grocery runs. The CDC recommends properly cleaning personal electronics as necessary. While headphones and earbuds aren’t specifically named in its guidelines, you probably touch them enough to warrant proper disinfection just to be safe. The good news is there are fairly easy ways to do this.”

Safety+Health Magazine: Study identifies three effective methods to sanitize N95 respirators for reuse

Safety+Health Magazine: Study identifies three effective methods to sanitize N95 respirators for reuse. “Three methods to decontaminate N95 filtering facepiece respirators for reuse are being recommended by the National Institutes of Health after researchers at the agency successfully tested their effectiveness and the repeat functional integrity of the respirator after each sanitization.”

NIST: NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks

NIST: NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks. “A new tool from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help hospitals and medical professionals determine which rooms should be used to disinfect N95 masks. The tool estimates the amount of VHP masks would receive and suggests that larger rooms containing fewer objects, with less-reactive surfaces and slower ventilation, maintain VHP concentration the best.”

EurekAlert: NTU Singapore researchers build disinfection robot to aid cleaners in COVID-19 outbreak

EurekAlert: NTU Singapore researchers build disinfection robot to aid cleaners in COVID-19 outbreak. “Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a semi-autonomous robot that can disinfect large surfaces quickly. The researchers are planning to have public trials to support Singapore’s fight against COVID-19. Named eXtreme Disinfection roBOT (XDBOT), it can be wirelessly controlled via a laptop or tablet, removing the need for cleaners to be in contact with surfaces, thereby reducing the risk of picking up the virus from potentially contaminated areas.”

Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19

Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19. “If the coronavirus outbreak has you cleaning up against bacteria and viruses, your car can prove a real challenge. It has lots of fussy nooks and crannies, all crammed into a closed space shared by multiple people. I recently showed you some new tech that will use ultraviolet light to keep cars sanitary, but in the meantime let’s go after germs in your car with solutions we have right now.”

ScienceBlog: Researchers Design Low-Cost PPE Disinfectant System Using Parts Found At Hardware Stores

ScienceBlog: Researchers Design Low-Cost PPE Disinfectant System Using Parts Found At Hardware Stores. “A team of USC researchers has devised a simple but effective way to sterilize medical equipment in response to the urgent need for more safety gear for doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients. The method worked so well in lab tests at the Keck School of Medicine of USC that it’s already been deployed at 45 hospitals and clinics, including the Keck Hospital of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.”

Vox: 7 coronavirus cleaning questions, answered by an expert

Vox: 7 coronavirus cleaning questions, answered by an expert. “In a time when people are consumed with cleaning, sanitation, and germs in a way that is new for many, there has been a tremendous amount of confusion around which cleaning products to use, and for what. Vox staffers put together some of the questions they have and asked me to answer them.”