I am an independent contractor that provides physician services to Alliance Cancer Centers of Greenville and Clarksdale Mississippi. The clinics provide outpatient radiation therapy services to the people of the Mississippi Delta. When the COVID-19 shelter in place order went into effect I, as medical director, had a decision to make. Continue to care for patients or close.
I have been familiar with the capabilities of the UVAIRx technology and have been acted as a technical/medical consultant for UVAIRx. I have personally used the technology for 8 years. I had been contacted and asked to research the capabilities of UVAIRx technology to combat the COVID-19 virus and co-wrote a white paper with a professor from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for them.
The paper predicted that the UVAIRx technology would help destroy the COVID-19 virus in the areas treated by it. Therefore I ordered and received two standalone UVAIRx units, one for each clinic, and made the decision to continue to care for patients. During the entire shelter in place period only 1 nurse, who was inadvertently exposed to an infected and symptomatic patient, out of 25 personnel in both clinics contracted COVID-19 and there was no other cases of in-clinic disease transmission.
Out of the entire chain of clinics in the network that these clinics are affiliated with, these were the only clinics that remained open to full capacity and financially viable. The staff in each clinic felt protected by the UVAIRx technology, in addition to the other safety measures that were used, and were grateful they were able to work and care for patients. The patients were also grateful the clinics could remain open since the closest alternatives for treatment were over 100 miles away.
On a personal note, my youngest contracted COVID-19. She is a flight attendant and lives at home with my wife and oldest daughter. A UVAIRx unit is installed in our home. My daughter tested positive for COVID-19 and live in close proximity to her mother and sister. Neither contracted the virus, and my wife has tested antibody negative.
I can wholeheartedly endorse the UVAIRx technology and products for all businesses and homes that wish to maintain a safe environment and reduce the risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus to the lowest achievable level.
Gregg A. Dickerson, MD, FACR, FACRO
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