In the battle against coronavirus, the City of Mt. Pleasant is using a variety of tools to keep employees safe while continuing to provide vital City services. These tools include personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, proper handwashing techniques, the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing practices. Now, ultraviolet lights have been added to the arsenal.
One of the primary ways the novel coronavirus spreads from person to person is through viral respiratory droplets emitted when a person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for days on hard surfaces causing the rate of transmission to grow. This can be prevalent in common areas such as counters and desks and especially in tight enclosed shared spaces such as emergency vehicles.
It is believed UV lights can alter the DNA and RNA of bacteria and viruses, and thereby destroy their ability to reproduce. That is why the City of Mt. Pleasant has added UV light treatment to their cleaning regiment. These UV lights can disinfect the inside of a police or City vehicle in two minutes. UV light treatment does not replace any of the standard safety hygiene protocols, but it is another valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19.