Patricia Mckenzie worked for 28 years as a senior manager at a Silicon Valley computer manufacturer. She was married for 24 years, had a daughter, loved reading, traveling, going to movies and wine tasting.
That was before she died in her kitchen at age 54 after experiencing a ruptured heart caused by her body's struggle to defeat the virus. She is the first known U.S. casualty of the virus.
Since her death, over 100,000 other Americans have met a similar fate because the virus has not stop spreading. "Most people become infected by touching contaminated, high-touch surfaces", said Wesley Long, medical director of diagnostic microbiology at Houston Methodist Hospital.
High-touch surfaces include objects like door handles, phones, light switches, keyboards, tabletops, and children's toys. "When an infected person exhales virus-containing droplets, they travel for six feet before falling onto a surface," said Long.
After you touch a surface contaminated by those virus-containing droplets, those droplets can then infect you if you touch your nose or mouth. "To make matters worse, the virus can live anywhere from a few hours to a few days on high-touch surfaces" Long said.
To prevent themselves from getting sick, most people already use disinfectant wipes and sprays to disinfect high-touch surfaces. But now the CDC says people should use Ultra Violet C or UV-C in addition to the disinfectant products they are already using.
UV-C is a type of sunlight similar to the UV-A and UV-B sunlight that sunglasses and sunscreen protect against. It can kill the virus and any other germs found on high-touch surfaces.
So not only is UV-C all-natural, as a disinfectant it's far more powerful than any man-made chemicals. In fact, up until recently UV-C technology was so powerful and expensive that only hospitals and airlines used it. New discoveries made during the pandemic have finally paved the way for UV-C technology to be safely used by the general public at home, at work, or anywhere.
To make it possible to safely use UV-C as a disinfectant, tiny LED light bulbs capable of projecting UV-C light are put into a wand about the size of a hot dog. The wand acts as a UV-C lamp that can be turned on or off whenever you need to disinfect a surface.
However, experts warn that finding a genuine UV-C wand isn't easy due to a flood of fake and unsafe products from overseas. Be prepared to spend a bit more money if you want to get a wand that actually works and is not fake or unsafe.
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