The method was put into place after Boeing collaborated with the University of Arizona, the latter having found that just a three-hour exposure at temperatures of 50°C would effectively kill and destroy 99.99% of the COVID-19 virus. As Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona puts it; at that heat, you’re basically “cooking the virus.”
Again, the aviation industry has been one of the hardest hit industries in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with many airlines cancelling flights, shutting down offices, and laying off staff en masse. It also doesn’t help that many countries have either banned incoming flights or just shut down airport operations entirely.
There’s a video included within the source, so if you’re curious as to how Boeing’s approach to thermal disinfection is like, you can view there.
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