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Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Technable


Ebola-killing Robots Ready to Nail down the Virus


Ebola-killing Robots Ready to Nail down the Virus

If you think that R2-D2 is just in the Star Wars movies and shows, well, think again. Meet Gigi, a branded cousin of R2-D2, but unlike her cousin who’s a very soft hearted robot, Gigi is an exterminator robot for hire. The Ebola-killing robot’s goal is to snipe out the threatening Ebola virus and other viruses, whatever it takes.

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How the Ebola-killing Robot Works 

The Ebola-killing robot, and other disinfection robots, use ultraviolet rays to kill the germs from all surfaces including the high-touch areas and hard to clean areas. They are used to sterilize rooms before being occupied by other patients and hence avoid contaminations. The two common Ebola killing robots in use include the Little Moe and Gigi, and unlike other disinfectant robots, these are employing Xenon, instead of mercury for the UV generation.

Although using cleanser and germfree bleach manually by hand is effective, UV rays emitted by the Ebola virus killing robot, directly penetrates into every surface, as well as under every bed and even the folded areas of the curtains. After testing for almost 10 minutes, it was confirmed that the viruses’ DNA was extremely damaged and incapable of reproducing.

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Several robots are already being used across the USA and other parts of the world. The Ebola-virus killing robots moves on four wheels while blasting the area will ultraviolet rays generated from the non toxic Xenon gas. The UV light is 25,000 times stronger than the sunlight and able to destroy the viruses within a short period, it takes about 2 minutes to destroy the Ebola virus, shorter than other virus that takes about five minutes.

Apart from the Ebola-virus cleaning robot, other robots have been in existence such as the Albert and Annie duo. These are two of best germ-fighting robots which were created and used at Riverside Regional Medical Center. These amazing innovations make it a daily habit to keep in and out of the hospital clean and virus free 365 days a year. They keep everybody in the hospital safe by blowing the threatening virus up and germs that may cause diseases.

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These germ fighting – virus – killing robots are not meant to replace regular hospital staff, and are usually used to kill virus from a room from which a patient has been discharged from. The use of the virus killing robots has resulted in a reduction in infections.

The ultraviolet rays emitted by these robots cover at 10 feet range so they have to be moved around the room in order to sterilize every corner. The virus killing robot achieves an impressive 99.9% germ free area as compared to the 85% achieved using the hand cleaning manual methods.

The discovery and invention of these amazing robots are the breakthrough for the future in the field of medicine and hospitals alike. They will make sure that all care centers are indeed safe for both the health care professionals and patients of course. A sterilized hospital is something that should always be considered for everybody at all times, regardless whether there is a virus outbreak or none.

With the number of lives lost from the killer Ebola and other viruses, the whole of the world, would like to stop it from spreading and terminate it permanently. And the Ebola-virus killing robots may be one of the many innovations that could work towards this goal. Its positive results coupled with other effective control and preventive methods should be employed to ensure that the areas affected by the virus are secured, contained and cleaned thoroughly.

Using ultraviolet rays is also used to disinfect the air and water, and its medical application adds to its many uses that help improve and save live. The fact the robots can be remote controlled from distance and cannot themselves get infected is a sure way of destroying g the Ebola viruses or any other dangerous viruses without putting the life of the medical personnel and patients at risks of getting infected.


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