Turkey first a “virus-free” university campus was introduced in Istanbul to maintain face-for-face education while reducing the spread of COVID-19[feminineonTuesdayAtaşehirDudulluCampusofDoğuşUniversity[feminineonMardiCampusAtaşehirDudulludel’UniversitéDoğuşequipped with ultraviolet C rays (UVC) technology opened its doors to its students, leaving the pandemic behind the fences.
University members investigated a mechanism that would inactivate the spread of bacteria, viruses, fungi, spores and similar microorganisms by UVC radiation and whether this method can be applied on the campus against COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE
Known as a germicide, UVC radiation was used for decades as a disinfectant for reduce the propagation of bacteria. Reportedly, when surfaces are exposed to radiation above a certain dose, viruses are killed.
faculty members, who reviewed ventilation and newly installed water source heat pump system of the new campus, assured the public that the equipment installed to disinfect and sterilize near ventilation system around campus provides almost 100% safety for all students and employees.
Professor Tarık Baykara, a member of the engineering faculty, said that viruses lose their ability multiply by UVC radiation.
“RNA and DNA molecules that are damaged lose their ability reproduce and become harmless. The Rays cause the death of a molecule in some way. The radiation duration can be adjusted for different purposes so that, in the end, a successful inactivation process is likely to take place,” he added.
Knowing that the radiation system is used in corridors, libraries, gymnasiums, cafeterias and amphitheaters where there will be a grand number of peopleBaykara indicated that there was a significant decline in the propagation of COVID-19 as well as the number of case.