Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Government have declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19/2019-nCoV) a public health emergency. Healthcare facilities world-wide are developing emergency preparedness plans in the event they receive a patient who may have contracted 2019-nCoV.
This new (novel) coronavirus has been identified in Wuhan City, China. It has been named COVID-19 by the WHO. Coronavirus is a large family of zoonotic viruses, meaning they transmit easily from animals to humans, and range from flu-like diseases to deadly respiratory diseases. Like its viral cousins Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, it presents the potential for widespread epidemic.
LightStrike™ Robots Demonstrated a Reduction in MERS-CoV Contamination
The LightStrike™ disinfection technology has been tested against coronavirus. In a study published by Stibich et al (2016), LightStrike™ Robots demonstrated a reduction in the MERS coronavirus after a 5-minute disinfection cycle.