Virginia Tech Team Develops Self-Disinfecting Cabinets


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With a claimed success rate of 99.95 percent, Virginia Tech said its testing of the LiteSheet UV-C can put the kibosh on the spread of COVID. A team of Virginia Tech scientists lead by Dr. Nishal Duggal, ran numerous tests of LiteSheet Solutions’ LED UV-C disinfecting cabinet to determine its effectiveness in decontaminating potentially deadly bacteria and viruses, such as the SARS or COVID-19 viruses. The results suggest the possibility of employing the same materials in other environments that need to be vigilant about decontamination, such as cell sites, offices, nursing homes, medical facilities, schools, universities, restaurants, and hotels. 

Duggal, a member of Virginia Tech’s newly-created Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens, said, “We tested the capacity of SARS-CoV-2 to infect cells after a 15-minute incubation within the LiteSheet UV-C cabinet or outside of the cabinet. We found that the level of infectious SARS-CoV-2 on a surface was reduced by 99.95 percent after 15 minutes in the cabinet.”  

Roger Whyte is the President and CEO of LiteSheet Solutions, which is also based in Virginia. “The Virginia Tech study proves that by harnessing the power of UV-C light, we are able to kill 99.95 percent of viruses and bacteria, including the deadly COVID-19 virus, the cause of the current pandemic,” Whyte said. “The LiteSheet UV-C Disinfecting Cabinet provides comfort by helping to make workplace tools, medical and personal items, and office equipment safe and hazard-free.”

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