HonorHealth hospitals using germ-zapping robots to fight off coronavirus

The robots use high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect every surface in a room.

By Griselda Zetino | KTAR

HonorHealth hospitals in Arizona are fighting off the coronavirus with the help of an unusual assistant: a 3-foot-tall germ-zapping robot.

Spread out through its five locations, the 32 robots use high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect every surface in a room. It’s one of the largest fleets in the country, according to HonorHealth.

“That light disrupts either the DNA or RNA of bacteria or viruses, respectively, and it renders those bacteria and viruses to a state where they cannot replicate,” said Dr. Stephanie Jackson, HonorHealth’s senior vice president and chief quality officer.

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