Rentokil Initial launches VIRUSKILLER™ that Kills Coronavirus in the Air*
Rentokil Initial Group has announced an agreement to distribute VIRUSKILLER™ in India. VIRUSKILLER™* is proven to kill 99.9999% of viruses with a single air pass, including Coronavirus. As cited in July 2020, it comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) updated information on its website that recognises Coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person via aerosols in the air.
The VIRUSKILLER™ technology will hopefully play an important role in the nation’s Coronavirus recovery, helping businesses, households and public facilities minimise the risk of airborne transmission as and when they are allowed to resume normal operations.
The VIRUSKILLER™ not only “traps” airborne particles and microbes but also kills airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi. When placed correctly, the unit takes control of the airflow in a room, drawing contaminated air in from the ‘breathing zone’ and releasing fresh, clean air back into the breathing zone.
Alongside a triple filtration system, the innovative VIRUSKILLER™ uses patented ultraviolet-C (UV-C) lamps, surrounded by nano titanium dioxide tube filters that are polished with activated carbon. The emitted UV light reacts with the mesh, and in a process called ‘photocatalytic oxidation’ produces hydroxyl radicals, which act as a disinfectant and break down the organic molecules. This all-in-one solution effectively filters dirty air, neutralises toxic air, and decontaminates sick air. The UV-C technology provides a photochemical deconstruction of the RNA and DNA of microorganisms, deactivating their reproductive processes so that the Coronavirus, and other viruses, can no longer spread, before the air is released back into the room.
* When independently tested against Coronavirus DF2 (a surrogate for Coronavirus), Adenovirus, Influenza and Polio, the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of viruses on a single air pass.
Its ability to kill 99.9999% of viruses with a single air pass, including Coronavirus, is what really sets this technology apart. Take the following scenario for example, if you had one million viruses passing through a VIRUSKILLER™, just a single virus would be recirculated, compared to the 500 viruses that would pass through when using a traditional filtration device (99.95%).
Jamie Woodhall, UK Technical & Innovation Manager, Rentokil Initial comments: “Following the positive news surrounding several Coronavirus vaccines on the near horizon, VIRUSKILLER™ is another landmark development in the ongoing effort to battle Coronavirus.”
Nishat Goyal, Chief Operating Officer, Rentokil Initial Hygiene India comments, “As we battle the current pandemic, we are looking for solutions that can fight not only poor and toxic air but also decontaminate it. VIRUSKILLER™ provides us with a solution for clean air. VIRUSKILLER™ is effective not only in our homes, but also in offices, hotel rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms, lobbies, boardrooms, or any other space that are part of our day-to-day life.”
About Rentokil Initial Group
Rentokil Initial (FTSE100) is one of the largest business services companies in the world, operating in 83 countries. The Company is the global leader in Pest Control and Hygiene services, operating these and other route-based businesses through teams of local experts. In India, VIRUSKILLER™ will be distributed by Rentokil PCI Pest Control and Rentokil Initial Hygiene.
VIRUSKILLER™ is an all-in-one technology for dealing with dirty, sick, and toxic air in real-time. With a 16-year track record and over 400,000 installations worldwide, VIRUSKILLER™ tackles two key requirements for reducing airborne and droplet disease transmission: