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How do we fight something we can’t see? Since the onset of COVID-19, invisible airborne viruses and bacteria have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. As a result, increased sanitation and disinfection protocols have been implemented across the board. One strategy that’s garnering a lot of renewed attention? UV light.

For more than 100 years, engineers and designers have been harnessing the power of ultraviolet radiation to kill of pathogens. And though it’s a surprisingly old idea (first discovered by Johann Wilhelm Ritter in 1801, well before antibiotics), UV is now gaining real traction as yet another line of defence.

“Ultraviolet radiation degrades and decomposes DNA, which is very effective in dealing with bacteria,...

Is Ultraviolet Light the Future of Disinfecting Interiors?

We ask Toronto consulting engineering firm Smith + Andersen about the sanitizing effects of UV radiation.

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