Susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 to UV irradiation
Christiane Silke Heilingloh, Ulrich Wilhelm Aufderhorst, Leonie Schipper, Ulf Dittmer, Oliver Witzke, Dongliang Yang, Xin Zheng, Kathrin Sutter, Mirko Trilling, Mira Alt, Eike Steinmann, Adalbert Krawczyk,
Susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 to UV irradiation,
American Journal of Infection Control,
Volume 48, Issue 10,
Abstract: The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic became a global health burden. We determined the susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 to irradiation with ultraviolet light. The virus was highly susceptible to ultraviolet light. A viral stock with a high infectious titer of 5â€¯Ã—â€¯106Â TCID50/mL was completely inactivated by UVC irradiation after nine minutes of exposure. The UVC dose required for complete inactivation was 1,048 mJ/cm2. UVA exposure demonstrated only a weak effect on virus inactivation over 15 minutes. Hence, inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 by UVC irradiation constitutes a reliable method for disinfection purposes in health care facilities and for preparing SARS-CoV-2 material for research purpose.
Keywords: COVID-19; Ultraviolet light; Inactivation
- SARS-CoV-2 is highly susceptible to irradiation with ultraviolet light.
- High viral loads of 5 * 106 TCID50/ml SARS-CoV-2 can be inactivated in 9 minutes by UVC irradiation.
- UVC irradiation represents a suitable disinfection method for SARS-CoV-2.