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Israeli Startup LumaFlo May Have Way to Prevent Next Covid Pandemic

LumaFlo can clear air from bacteria and virus.


Moshe Meyassed CEO LumaFlo (company video)

LumaFlo, an Israeli startup that develops “highly potent” and cost-effective air decontamination systems, says that it may very well have an answer to the next Covid type of crisis. Many experts say that it is not a question of whether or not there will be another pandemic, but when.

During the Covid pandemic, people all over the world searched for ways to prevent infection. One of the problems was how the virus spread in the air. It was also only later on determined that a person could be a carrier and spread the virus in his breath, even if this person himself was asymptomatic and did not get sick.

The Coronavirus spread widely, in part, because of how in modern society we depend on indoor heating and cooling systems that spread the air around in indoor environments. This meant that in a shopping mall, and airplane a school, and any location with an air circulation system, the Covi 19 Virus was spread through the sir systems, when otherwise the droplets released by a carrier would have fallen to the ground before spreading more than just a few feet.

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This is where the LumaFlo technology plays and important role. It can clean the sir of bacteria and virus in indoor setting with some sort of central air heating/cooling system.

LumaFlo’s proprietary material naturally intercepts bacteria from the air, neutralizing it and rendering it harmless. Composed of a specially activated carbon and metal oxide, the photocatalytic material activates when exposed to any form of artificial (i.e. regular daylight LED) or natural (i.e. sunlight) light.

The company boasts that, while using natural light only, the LumaFlo solution proved to eliminate 99.997% of Bacteria & Viruses. All tests were conducted by a certified independent laboratory.

As airflow brings bacteria into the vicinity of LumaFlo, the activated carbon nanotechnology triggers a chain reaction that safely decomposes airborne organic molecules and organisms that pass nearby.

This solution is preferable to current technologies, such as the use of ultraviolet light as a disinfectant. UV-C radiation is the highest energy portion of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum, with wavelengths ranging from 100 to 280 nanometers (nm). It is invisible to the human eye and is classified as ionizing radiation, meaning that it has enough energy to remove electrons from atoms and create ions. V-C radiation is a powerful disinfectant that can kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. It is used to disinfect water, air, and surfaces in a variety of settings, including hospitals, food processing facilities, and wastewater treatment plants.

But it is expensive to install and to maintain. It can also cause burns and skin cancer when a person is exposed directly to the high energy light radiation.

“Airborne pathogens-whether viruses, bacteria, molds, etc.-are carried on particles and droplets. When we talk about existing filters and their ability to capture the ‘airborne pathogen it’s the airborne droplet that encases the virus or other pathogen that is caught by that filter,” explains Sorel Rothschild, VP, Quantum Innovations, LumaFlo’s parent company. “The filters are simply a physical barrier that accumulates particles and droplets but does not destroy them. If the filters are not cleaned or replaced, the pathogens can still be released.”



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