Shedding light on the myths of ultraviolet radiation in the Covid-19 pandemic

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Cathal
dc.contributor.author Courtney, C.
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-30T10:19:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-30T10:19:25Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-24
dc.identifier.citation O'Connor, C., Courtney, C. and Murphy, M. (2020) 'Shedding light on the myths of ultraviolet radiation in the Covid-19 pandemic', Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. doi: 10.1111/ced.14456 en
dc.identifier.issn 0307-6938
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10608
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/ced.14456 en
dc.description.abstract The rapidly evolving knowledge base surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic has led to anxiety and cognitive dissonance. Misinformation about the role of ultraviolet (UV) radiation has spread rapidly, including statements from the President of the United States of America in April 2020. Myths related to SARS-CoV-2 and UV radiation are being widely shared on social media. #uvKillsCovid19 and #UVdisinfection have emerged as new search terms on Twitter. It has erroneously been claimed that sunlight and tanning beds, which contain UVA and UVB, eradicate Covid-19 via ultraviolet radiation. UVA and UVB are poorly virucidal. UVC is shorter wavelength (Figure 1), and is absorbed by atmospheric ozone, but man-made sources exist. Even a very brief exposure to UVC induces photo-dimerisation of thymine, therefore disrupting nucleic acid replication and rendering micro-organisms non-viable. en
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dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. en
dc.rights © 2020, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: O'Connor, C., Courtney, C. and Murphy, M. (2020) 'Shedding light on the myths of ultraviolet radiation in the Covid-19 pandemic', Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, doi: 10.1111/ced.14456, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/ced.14456. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. en
dc.subject Covid-19 en
dc.subject Ultraviolet (UV) radiation en
dc.subject Misinformation en
dc.title Shedding light on the myths of ultraviolet radiation in the Covid-19 pandemic en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Michelle Murphy, Paediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: michelle.murphy@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2021-09-24
dc.date.updated 2020-09-30T09:26:25Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.internal.pmid 32974949
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Clinical and Experimental Dermatology en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress michelle.murphy@ucc.ie en
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