Doctors Unveil the Risks of Using Portable UV for Sterilization

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Recently a new phenomenon emerged in the midst of a pandemic, in the form of the use of portable Ultra Violet C (UV-C) lamps which are considered to be able to kill the Corona Virus. However, experts warn that the use of UVC lamps should not directly affect humans.

UV lamps (portable UV) that are widely sold in online stores are lamps that can sterilize a room with ultraviolet light, usually using the C wave (UVC). Some outlets also offer portable UVC lamps for sterilizing everyday utensils.

The lamp is claimed to be effective in killing viruses, mites, bacteria, within a certain radius.

According to a pulmonary specialist who is the Chair of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI) Agus Dwi Susanto, UVC lamps can indeed kill viruses even though their effectiveness is not perfect.

“Yes, you can, but not 100 percent. It only kills viruses in the air and contaminated objects. These are only objects that can be reached by the lamp,” explained doctor Agus to CNNIndonesia.com, Wednesday (16 / 9).

The use of UVC lamps must also be done carefully. This lamp may only be turned on in an empty room without humans in it.

Agus warned, exposure to UVC lamps in humans is considered dangerous because it can trigger various diseases ranging from irritation to the skin to cancer.

“No one is allowed when the light is on. Danger. Irritation to cancer,” said Agus.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns, UV lamps should not be used to disinfect hands or other areas of skin.

“UV radiation can cause skin irritation and damage to the eyes. Cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based cleanser or washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to kill the virus.”