The global COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc upon the world and the way in which people live, travel, and interact. As tv shows and movie production companies returned to work this fall, many of them wanted to include current events in their plots — and obviously the pandemic is at the forefront of world news. As researchers and writers for the American hit medical drama tv shows Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago Med began researching what hospitals were doing to battle the novel coronavirus, they quickly learned about the world leader in UV disinfection for healthcare facilities: LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots.
After carefully evaluating peer-reviewed studies and scientific evidence to verify the efficacy of the LightStrike technology, including its proven ability to deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Chicago Med and Grey’s Anatomy producers invited LightStrike UV robots to play a role in their pandemic storylines. Known for their comprehensive research and commitment to scientifically accurate plots, the shows wanted to portray what the nation’s leading hospitals are doing to disinfect their facilities in their battle against the novel coronavirus. This week, the season premieres of both programs featured our distinctive purple LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot at work in patient rooms at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and Gaffney Chicago Medical Center.
Xenex has been at the forefront of the pandemic for real-life healthcare facilities, providing effective disinfection solutions to hundreds of hospitals around the world. We are humbled to be in a position to provide a technology that destroys SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, and the innovation we’ve seen from the hospitals has been inspiring. Many Xenex customers added a LightStrike UV disinfection robot for their Emergency Department, so they could immediately disinfect rooms and areas where suspect COVID-19 patients were seen. Others stationed a robot in units where COVID-19 patients were being treated. As cases continue to surge around the world, it’s reassuring to know that there’s a proven weapon in the battle against the disease.
The need for effective disinfection extends far beyond just healthcare facilities. Comprehensive infection control programs are essential to all businesses and enhancing disinfection protocols with innovative, proven solutions is quickly becoming an industry standard. With the world’s focus on disease transmission, Xenex robots are now being used in new markets such as airports, hotels, schools, convention centers, professional sports stadiums, corporate office buildings, and even police stations and jails.
Seeing our LightStrike robots in Hollywood is very exciting, but we are continually reminded of the real heroes — the first responders on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. Thank you!