Most Effective Weapons in Fighting Superbugs

Superbugs are germs that have become resistant to antibiotics and other medications that should destroy them. Here we talk about the most effective weapons used to fight against the rise, such as UV light.

These drug-resistant bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi are not only difficult to control and treat but are increasing in population.

 Image of a mask, pills, vaccine, and petri dishes of bacteria with a text that says antibiotic resistance

Superbugs are often bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics that once were effective in treating the infection caused by the bacteria, or sometimes fungi. Antibiotics are a vital class of drugs that help save many lives. They treat a wide variety of infections, ranging from mild urinary tract infections to life-threatening sepsis.

While antibiotics are the most effective treatment for infections, these pathogens adapt to the way these drugs work and may begin to resist treatment. Treating these infections may then take multiple doses of different and stronger drugs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic-resistant infections lead to more than 35,000 deaths in the United States each year.

With the growth of superbugs, an effective preventive measure needs to be integrated with an effective vaccine and other therapeutics.

One such technology is UVGI (UV germicidal irradiation) that is effective against most viruses and bacteria. The pandemic has given rise to the deployment of UV robots in hospitals, airports, hotels, and offices.

uv light lamps in a hospital area to disinfect germs and pathogen 

Unlike antibiotics or other drugs used for the treatment of infections, properly designed UVGI devices actually attack the source in a preventative manner before the microbes begin to enter the human body.

 UVGI or UV light or UVC lamp in an airport around people sanitizing the airport

This preventive mechanism is critical to lower the spread of diseases that could make people very ill or deadly. 

As of now, it is the most effective weapon in fighting superbugs and preventing microbes from replicating.

While some industries, such as semiconductors, have used UV light in silicon wafer processing for decades, it’s deployment in healthcare is in infancy and offers huge potential in disinfecting surfaces. 

 UV light device is attached to an escalator handrail at a shopping mall to disinfect, sanitize, and sterilize the surface from germs, pathogen, viruses, and bacteria

Providing effective easy to use tools to people to enhance their defensive strategies can play a key role in controlling the spread of diseases in the future. Knowledge sharing with other industries can accelerate development. 

One such tool is V-Go, the first-ever smartphone UVC case whose innovative design allows for convenient mobility and a sanitation device that is always with the user. V-Go was developed by capitalizing on knowledge from the Semiconductor industry.

 

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