Big step in the fight against COVID-19 from Turkish scientists!

Prof. Dr. Afif Sıddıki who is known with his work on quantum research at Maltepe University and his team created an important design that fights against the coronavirus outbreak. Developing three separate devices that kill COVID-19 in 15 seconds using ultraviolet rays, the team will ensure that the first devices produced will be used to serve healthcare professionals.

Device that kills Coronavirus in 15 seconds is designed

Prof. Dr. Afif Sıddıki from Maltepe University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Quantum Optics and Electronics Technologies Laboratory and his team developed a device that fights against coronavirus. The team that closed themselves up to the laboratory in order to minimize the infection risk of healthcare professionals, has designed an ultraviolet device that can kill even the heaviest viruses in an environment. Three prototypes of the design, which successfully completed the first attempts, were produced as "Hand Device," "Disinfection Door" and "Disinfection Cabinet." The handset has the power to minimize the viruses in the environment in less than 75 seconds, and the cabinets in less than 15 seconds.

Prof. Dr. Sıddıki who explained the details of the project, stated that their primary goal has been to save healthcare professionals from the high virus burden that they are exposed to, and in following steps, they aim to produce similar devices to be used in intensive care units, quarantine rooms and hospital entrances. Prof. Sr. Sıddıkı stated that, in this regard, all places and equipment would be free of viruses and that people's contact with the virus would be eliminated.

Expressing that if they make even a small contribution to the struggle that glorifies human dignity of healthcare professionals, they will be very happy, Prof. Sıddıki also added:

“We have used the lethal effect of ultraviolet rays on microbes, viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, whose basic principles have been known for centuries. There are ultraviolet radiation with higher energy in the sunlight, beyond the colors that we can see. Most of this radiation is absorbed by our atmosphere, becomes ineffective and cannot reach the earth. Therefore, many living creatures on earth, including viruses, are evolving unprotected against this radiation. When these microbes are exposed to direct ultraviolet radiation, they become ineffective, in a given of time that differs depending on their properties.”

A BIG FIGHT AGAINST CORONA: THREE SEPARATE DEVICES ARE DEVELOPED

There are a number of similar systems used in metro lines in China and airports in the United States. Siddiki emphasized, that the Cabinet is not yet manufactured anywhere in the world as a hand-made device available to the use medical personnel. Prof. Siddiki described the three prototypes they developed as follows:

HAND DEVICE: This device reduces the average virus load by 90 percent once it is applied for 1-2 minutes at close range (10-15 cm) to the healthcare workers' clothing. 15 cm and 75 seconds is enough for the HIV virus and three seconds for Herpes, also known as herpes virus. Since coronavirus is smaller than HIV, the duration is calculated less than 75 seconds. It is possible to use this device in daily life.

DISINFECTION DOOR: This device is designed to be located at the entrance of quarantine services with intensive care units. It works like X-Ray devices in shopping mall entrances, but UV radiation is used instead of X-rays. It removes the herpes virus in 15 seconds and HIV in 6 minutes. The calculated time for the coronavirus is less than 15 seconds. People as well as items, devices, and tools can pass through the device.

DISINFECTION CABIN: This prototype has been designed to disinfect large infected objects such as patient beds, respirators, clothes, glasses and visors.

"DEVICES MUST BE USED ONLY BY PROFESSIONALS"

Stating that ultraviolet rays cause damage to the skin while killing germs, Prof. Dr. Sıddıki says, “It should not be forgotten that human cells are damaged like microbes. One of the most detrimental effects of UV radiation is on the eye retina. Therefore, it is imperative not to be exposed directly to UV radiation. It requires special equipment and knowledge to use these devices.” 

Prof. Dr. Afif Sıddıki added that the preparations for application to the Istanbul Development Agency and TÜBİTAK are continuing to support the project and that they are taking quick steps to start the manufacture.

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