The human body sheds millions of bacteria daily. Along with airborne and aerosolized droplets from sneezes, coughs, speech, and breathing, this organic matter presents significant risk of air transmission of disease. In a typical occupied room, there can be 65,000 bacteria per cubic meter. According to the World Health Organization, the air-transmitted pathogens TB, MERS, SARS, influenza, and measles kill 7 million people each year.
Tuberculosis, although considered eradicated by much of the developed world, is actually the world’s number 2 infectious disease (behind only malaria) due to its very low infectious dose (average infectious dose is estimated to be less than 10 bacilli) and its ability to survive outside a host for months. When people with active pulmonary tuberculosis cough, sneeze, speak, or even breathe, they expel aerosol droplets containing pathogens that may remain airborne for extended periods. A single sneeze can release up to 40,000 aerosol droplets and millions of bacilli that could infect another person months later.
Modern medicine has responded with antibiotics, antivirals, and vaccines as countermeasures to these deadly pathogens. While these responses have been effective, there are limitations: bacteria are adaptive organisms and have developed resistance to antibiotics, giving rise to so-called superbugs. According to experts, we’re now on the cusp of the post-antibiotic era. Viral strains frequently mutate rendering vaccines ineffective. The CleanCo solution reduces infection risk by removing pathogens from the air, a sound strategy with or without antibiotic and other interventions.
Particulates from vehicle exhaust, industrial and agricultural emissions, and VOCs also have an adverse impact on the heath of the population. High levels of particulates can trigger asthma attacks, very fine (i.e. submicron) particles penetrate deeply into the lungs reducing cardiovascular capacity, and VOC exposure can damage living tissue. The family of products produced by CleanCo is intended to address the wide array of airborne health threats.
UV anti-pathogenics and their limitations
UV disinfection is a widely-proven process used extensively in applications such as water treatment and surface sanitation for its low cost and convenience. UV damages the DNA of pathogens and fungi, and thus eliminates their ability to reproduce. As a physical rather than chemical process, UV irradiation is eco-friendly, without the need to generate, handle, transport, or store potentially hazardous chemicals. However, conventional UV approaches have difficulties which limit utilization. Current devices employ low pressure tubes containing mercury to produce UV output. Such devices are very expensive, cumbersome, and have limited effective life.
The CleanCo Solutions
CleanCo products combine newly developed solid-state UV LEDs in patented SteriTube™ configurations to kill pathogens in the air. The UV technology effects are combined with highly effective HEPA and VOC- reducing filtration elements. Together they provide an unrivaled, cost effective capability for reducing airborne health threats.