If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Newsweek)   Can we use UV light to fight the flu?   ( newsweek.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, 2017-2018 flu vaccine, Influenza, author David Brenner, germicidal UV light, Columbia University, journal Scientific Reports, low-level far-UVC light, radiation biophysics professor  
•       •       •

1741 clicks; posted to Geek » on 18 Feb 2018 at 1:48 PM (21 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



25 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2018-02-18 10:52:24 AM  
img.fark.netView Full Size


Got one of these hooked up to my aquarium, an in-line UV sterilizer, used to kill algae in the water. Maybe we need these in humidifiers and air conditioners? They're cheap enough.

/just spitballin here
 
2018-02-18 12:11:40 PM  
I already have enough health problems from my neighbor's WiFi, thanks.
 
2018-02-18 12:42:33 PM  
Most higher end Central A/C unit's have a standard type of UV bulb to prevent algae and mildew growing on the air handler & ducts, (which I believe is different from the kind described in the article).  In addition to preventing health issues and spewing mold and mildew around the house, it also prevents the build up of mildew on the blower fan, aka a squirrel cage.   The weight of the mildew actual bent the motor shaft on our A/C, which is a very expensive repair.   I made sure to get it included in our current Central A/C unit.
 
2018-02-18 12:49:47 PM  
Problem: fever. Solution: More cowbell.
 
2018-02-18 01:26:40 PM  

growinthings: Most higher end Central A/C unit's have a standard type of UV bulb to prevent algae and mildew growing on the air handler & ducts, (which I believe is different from the kind described in the article).  In addition to preventing health issues and spewing mold and mildew around the house, it also prevents the build up of mildew on the blower fan, aka a squirrel cage.   The weight of the mildew actual bent the motor shaft on our A/C, which is a very expensive repair.   I made sure to get it included in our current Central A/C unit.


I've never seen mildew on a blower fan and if you have that much moisture in the blower you have a leak somewhere either from your furnace collector box or you may be low on freon and your coil is freezing over. The UV lights are almost always placed in the air return so almost none of that light gets to the evap coil and given how quickly the air moves through the system I'm not all that convinced the lights do anything since the organisms being targeted need to stay in the light for long enough to actually damage them. The solution to preventing mildew in condensate pans are just some cheapo tabs you place in the pan you can buy them from any HVAC wholesaler or even Amazon I drop a new one in the pans every AC service. Proper air systems to prevent the spread of diseases and mold spores are way too expensive for home use but people like to buy things they think will help thanks to the magic of the placebo effect and if people want to waste their money on UV lamps I'll keep installing them.
 
2018-02-18 02:12:37 PM  
s3.amazonaws.comView Full Size


The CDC already thought of this.
 
2018-02-18 02:19:14 PM  
And in 3...2....1....

Cue uniformed celebrity and/or mommy-blogger explaining how, through their own research, this causes autism, peanut allergies, global warming and a flat-earth.
 
2018-02-18 02:32:29 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-02-18 03:16:54 PM  
Gamma rays FTW
 
2018-02-18 03:34:17 PM  

growinthings: Most higher end Central A/C unit's have a standard type of UV bulb to prevent algae and mildew growing on the air handler & ducts, (which I believe is different from the kind described in the article).  In addition to preventing health issues and spewing mold and mildew around the house, it also prevents the build up of mildew on the blower fan, aka a squirrel cage.   The weight of the mildew actual bent the motor shaft on our A/C, which is a very expensive repair.   I made sure to get it included in our current Central A/C unit.


shiat, I have UV sterilizers hooked up to both of my houses a/c units. It's not expensive, bulbs are cheap, and killing mold and stuff is always a good idea.
 
2018-02-18 03:57:55 PM  

Sid_6.7: [s3.amazonaws.com image 537x358]

The CDC already thought of this.


UVC doesn't penetrate very far. However, I know there can't be a single measurement (i.e. it's not "X inches" as a rule) because it depends on density/temperature and gas concentrations in the air. And then there's time and dose (brightness) factors. Having said that, I read somewhere that it's 6 inches or so in sea level conditions. There's other problems, like making sure the UV reaches the surface you're trying to clean and there's no shadows or dirt in the way. When they had an Ebola outbreak in Reston, they used chemical crystals on portable grills (hotplates) in a sealed building as the final step in decontamination.
 
2018-02-18 04:18:23 PM  
Is the headline a question? Then you already know the answer.
 
2018-02-18 05:07:23 PM  

BolloxReader: Is the headline a question? Then you already know the answer.


I know the answer.  Personally I'm spending my money on property on venus. We'll be colonizing her any day now!
 
2018-02-18 05:10:48 PM  
img.fark.netView Full Size

img.fark.netView Full Size

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-02-18 05:43:47 PM  

Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 600x338]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]


That show is really taking off - riveting so far.
 
2018-02-18 05:54:34 PM  

Sid_6.7: [s3.amazonaws.com image 537x358]

The CDC already thought of this.


They also thought of negative pressure rooms and funky body suits
 
2018-02-18 08:25:43 PM  

gopher321: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 600x338]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]

That show is really taking off - riveting so far.


What show is this?
 
2018-02-18 08:27:42 PM  

darthstormer: gopher321: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 600x338]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]

That show is really taking off - riveting so far.

What show is this?


Counterpart, where thanks to some alternate universe weirdness, you get a double shot of JK Simmons being an awesome actor each week.
 
2018-02-18 08:39:24 PM  

Psylence: shiat, I have UV sterilizers hooked up to both of my houses a/c units. It's not expensive, bulbs are cheap, and killing mold and stuff is always a good idea.


I've never heard of that, wondering if it's a regional thing.

// coastal / inland desert climate, I don't think anything stays moist enough for mold/mildew to grow (short of flooding).
 
2018-02-18 10:00:11 PM  

gopher321: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 600x338]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]
[img.fark.net image 480x480]

That show is really taking off - riveting so far.


What show is that?   Looks like something I'd probably watch.
 
2018-02-18 10:09:25 PM  
Counterpart, eh.... well I had no idea what "STARZ" is, so I hope I can find it without paying through the  nose.
 
2018-02-18 11:22:48 PM  

lindseyp: Counterpart, eh.... well I had no idea what "STARZ" is, so I hope I can find it without paying through the  nose.


Wait for nightfall.
Look up.

See the stars?

It's like that but a TV channel
 
2018-02-19 12:00:28 AM  

doglover: lindseyp: Counterpart, eh.... well I had no idea what "STARZ" is, so I hope I can find it without paying through the  nose.

Wait for nightfall.
Look up.

See the stars?

It's like that but a TV channel


Meaning I can't see it from where I live.

/light pollution
//geoblocking
 
2018-02-19 06:04:43 AM  

darthstormer: And in 3...2....1....

Cue uniformed celebrity and/or mommy-blogger explaining how, through their own research, this causes autism, peanut allergies, global warming and a flat-earth.


Well duh. You have to use *organic* gluten free UV if you need it to be effective. Too many chemicals otherwise.
 
2018-02-19 12:16:59 PM  

gopher321: [img.fark.net image 365x371]

Got one of these hooked up to my aquarium, an in-line UV sterilizer, used to kill algae in the water. Maybe we need these in humidifiers and air conditioners? They're cheap enough.

/just spitballin here


UV leds are a standard option for Air Handling Units from any of the bigger manufacturers (TRANE, Buffalo, Carrier). It is a default item to include in hospital AHUs.
 
Displayed 25 of 25 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report