Ultraviolet robots become Europe's new weapon against the new crown virus

- Oct 22, 2020-

According to foreign media, about 200 public hospitals in Spain have taken the first step and will become one of the first countries to obtain so-called "disinfection robot" equipment from the European Commission. This device combines the two technologies of ultraviolet and robotics, and its new use has great potential during the new crown pandemic: it can sterilize the space that may be contaminated by the new crown virus without manual intervention.

According to a report on the website of the Spanish newspaper Nacional on October 13, the European Commission recently pointed out at its Health and Safety Committee meeting that robots help to protect medical staff and patients while limiting the spread of the virus, and prevent cleaners from performing the disinfection process China is at risk. According to the European Commission, these devices can eliminate 99.99% of pathogens in confined spaces.

The European Commission said on the 12th that these machines have been successfully used in hospitals in Europe and some parts of the world and can effectively meet the sterilization requirements of hospitals.

According to the report, the first batch of disinfection robots included in this plan was developed by Danish "Blue Ocean Robot" company in cooperation with a hospital in Odense, Denmark.

The Spanish Ministry of Health said on the 12th that about 200 Spanish hospitals have shown interest in the above technology. The European Commission stated that robots will be distributed according to the epidemiological situation and needs of countries.

The report pointed out that Spain has always been one of the countries that have shown the greatest interest in the plan. So far, some other countries, including Sweden and Germany, have requested more relevant information. The Swedish commissioner told the European Commission: "We have not yet seen research on the effectiveness of such robots." The German commissioner was more cautious and even mentioned the harm of ultraviolet radiation. The European Commission replied: "The robot can be operated outside the room, and the operator will not be exposed to ultraviolet rays under any circumstances."

The European Commission hopes to distribute the first batch of 50 robots in November, and then "distribute them at a rate of 50 per month." In any case, this number is only the first step, because a hospital with about 300 beds will need a dozen such robots.

The person in charge of Blue Ocean Robotics said that although there are other machines that can emit ultraviolet light, these robots can move automatically to reach dark areas that cannot be covered by static equipment. In addition, the robot disinfects a ward in less than 10 minutes.