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NASA technology being used to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Tucson

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TUCSON (KVOA) - NASA technology is being installed at businesses around Tucson, with the hopes of removing contaminants from the air. Contaminants including the Coronavirus.

Inside the walls of Brother John's in Tucson, there's more than just beer, Bourbon and BBQ. Brother John's is one place using the new technology.

John Aldecoa, the owner of Brother John's, said he was excited about this new technology.

"We were turned on to this technology that has been around for almost 20 years," Aldecoa said.

The technology from NASA is called "USA Nanacoat Lumaclean." Researcher Jason Field from the University of Arizona said the technology removes harmful pathogens in the air.

"It was developed by NASA to solve an issue they were having to produce food in a contained environment for a trip to Mars," Field said. "It was later found this technology can be used in medical facilities and food processing facilities."

"So instead of having the air recirculated that could have virus in there, this will actually neutralize that and purify the air," Aldecoa said. "We joke and say you're going to leave brother johns cleaning than you got here."

The new technology has also made its way into dental offices. Field says the light-activated advanced filtration system is effective on all viruses of all sizes.

"Hepifilters are not effective on particles less than 0.3 micros," Field said. "The Coronavirus is 0.1 microns inside."

Officials say COVID-19 won't pass through USA Nanacoat Lumaclean.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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