Is it Possible to Kill Corona Virus from Luggage Surfaces in Just 5 Seconds? University Study Says "Yes" World-renowned microbiologist at leading microbial pathogenesis laboratory affirms effectiveness of WarpUV tech for killing viruses on luggage
TEL AVIV, Israel | May 26, 2021 02:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Following extensive testing, the Microbial Pathogenesis Laboratory at Tel Aviv University has concluded the WarpUV® AirFort® luggage disinfection system can eradicate coronaviruses in just five seconds. For airports, baggage handlers and air passengers, the study findings show air travel can be safer again because luggage surface areas that typically pass through many hands on their way to, from and at the airport, and susceptible to airborne transmissible droplets, can be safely and quickly sanitized.
Prof. Anat Herskovits, a world-renowned microbiologist, Vice Chair of the Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research, and President of the Israel Society of Microbiology, tested the ability of the WarpUV AirFort® technology to kill high concentrations of coronaviruses.
“Our results concluded that after five seconds of UV irradiation, more than 99 percent of the viruses were eradicated,” Prof. Herskovits said. “I feel confident that WarpUV has developed an effective solution for luggage disinfection.”
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AirFort® is designed to rapidly kill viruses, bacteria, and spores from surface contamination of carry-on and checked bags, personal items and oversized bags and parcels, protecting baggage handlers, aviation staff, and the general public. It utilizes a proprietary array of ultraviolet lights designed to achieve all-angle “360° x 360°” disinfection of all baggage surfaces. While floor UV cleaners and other disinfection agents such as sprays are being implemented globally, AirFort focuses on luggage – one of the means that the International Air Transport Association (IATA), European Union Aviation Air Safety Agency (EASA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified as a possible critical path for viruses and bacteria to infect and spread. By eradicating these harmful elements before and after flights, WarpUV has an important role in stopping the spread and future spread of pandemics which are imminent threats as described by the EU, WHO, and the World Economic Forum.
Warp Technologies and its AirFort® devices are the frontline of prevention of the spread of pandemic by luggage and baggage in airports worldwide and serve as a “disinfection firewall” for continents, countries, and regions. The company was formed in 2020 by veteran Israeli entrepreneurs Amir Fischer, Eitan Haimovich, and Gil Luxenbourg. For more information, visit www.warpUV.com.