What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and why is it relevant to the Coronavirus situation?

With anxiety at an all-time high in our communities, around the world, we’ve armed ourselves with chemical cleaning products to combat and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses have increased the frequency of cleaning personnel.

From public spaces to our homes and health facilities, our attempts to clean one problem up is causing many health risks like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD) to humans that needs to be spoken about.

What is COPD?

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. It’s usually caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter. It is a progressive disease but it is treatable.

Causes of COPD

Chemical cleaning products have been associated with a higher risk of COPD which can have detrimental long term effects. Disinfectants that are linked include bleach, glutaraldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and quaternary ammonium compounds. The number one cause is smoking.

At higher risks are those in the health industry (i.e nurses) and those in the cleaning industry. Many of the products that cause COPD are found mainly in healthcare facilities, but they can be found in antibacterial spray cleaners and fabric softeners.

COPD Signs and Symptoms may include :

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • A chronic cough that may produce mucus
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Lack of energy
  • Swelling in ankles, feet or legs

Most of the time, symptoms may be missed as they only become more obvious after significant lung damage.

OTSAW uses robotics and AI to provide safer alternatives with non-chemical technology for disinfection of our public spaces. To combat the COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our homes, businesses and personal involved in cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising, is swapping out the chemicals for a more sustainable preventable measure, that being UV-C LED disinfection.

OTSAW’s UV-C LED disinfection robot the O-RX, provides 99.9% efficacy with precision and accuracy to kill or inactivate microorganisms. Versus the O-RX, the accuracy and longer hours to clean a room using a human hand to wipe down or disinfect a room is less of a preventative measure to stop the spread of the disease, and the expense of the cleaning personnel’s health.

As said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe.”

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