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Thermal Disinfection of SARS-CoV-2 within an Airplane

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Boeing engineers and experts from the University of Arizona have determined thermal disinfection – applying heat to sanitize surfaces – effectively kills viruses on hard-to-clean flight deck equipment. Testing was conducted in a protected laboratory environment at the university using flight deck parts and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Results from the test revealed that after three hours, the virus was reduced by more than 99.9% at temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) and reduced by more than 99.99% at temperatures of 120 F (50 C).