From airport testing to sanitising stations every few yards, airports are rapidly putting in place new techniques to try and beat the virus. Yet it seems even once coronavirus has been “contained”, the way in which holidaymakers jet off will likely be very different from the jet-set lifestyle left in 2019.
“For Vioguard managing the spread of bacteria and viruses was ‘the norm’, now it is going to be a part of everyone’s ‘new normal’,” explained the expert.
“UV-C has been used as an effective disinfectant method across the globe in a number of different ways for years, whether that be to purify water or disinfect medical equipment, coronavirus has simply highlighted the need for this more effective and efficient way of sanitising.
“The main thing that will change about travel following the pandemic will be the sanitisation processes.”
Ultraviolet light can be used to detect just how many germs are on a surface at any one time; something that is already being trialled at airports around the world, and could become just another step between check-in and boarding.
“It is important to be aware of how dirty people’s belongings can be,” continued Mr Beeston.
“For example, if you look down at your hands…If you’re at your computer or worse phone, you currently have over 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat on your fingers from your keyboard along with potentially some serious pathogens such as Streptococcus, MRSA and even E. coli on your hands.
“That alone is enough for new measures to be introduced and is why it is likely you will begin to see airports and airlines embed UV-C technology into their sanitising methods.”