Recent reports suggest that UV light can be used on the human body to disinfect against the coronavirus. The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) and RadTech North America would like to inform the public that there are no protocols to advise or to permit the safe use of UV light directly on the human body at the wavelengths and exposures proven to efficiently kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.
UV light under the conditions known to kill such viruses are also known to cause severe skin burns, skin cancer and eye damage. The above mentioned agencies strongly recommend that anyone using UV light to disinfect medical equipment, surfaces or air, in the context of COVID-19 applications that are supported by sound scientific evidence, follow all recommended health and safety precautions and to avoid direct exposure of the body to the UV light.
IUVA and RadTech North America are educational and advocacy organizations consisting of UV equipment vendors, scientists, engineers, consultants and members of the medical profession. To read the full release, click here.