The NFL is dealing with its first coronavirus outbreak of the regular season.
The Tennessee Titans have had 13 positive COVID-19 tests over the course of this week, including seven players and six team personnel.
The outbreak forced the NFL to delay Tennessee’s Sunday game against the Steelers until later in the season, prompting concerns about whether the league can pull off the season amid a global pandemic.
On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers are welcoming 5,000 fans back to the Bank of America Stadium and are taking unprecedented measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The football club says it’s using germ-killing robots to disinfect the stadium.
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The Xenex Disinfection Services LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot purchased by the Panthers emits bursts of intense, broad spectrum ultraviolet light that is said to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
“The robots’ broad-range spectrum of UV light wavelengths penetrate the cell walls of pathogens and destroys their molecular structure. This includes the deadly coronavirus,” the company said, according to CNBC.
The robots, which cost about $125,000 each, are typically used in hospitals to kill bacteria and viruses like MRSA and C. diff. Xenex claims the robot can kill the virus that causes COVID-19 on surfaces in two minutes.
The devices are already being used in locker rooms, showers and other areas throughout the downtown Charlotte stadium, the team said.
“We began using the robots to disinfect the locker rooms, weight rooms, rehab areas and offices during camp, and we’ve expanded utilization throughout the building and throughout the stadium,” Eddie Levins, director of security and infections control officer for the Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium, said, according to Panthers.com.
“We can use it in suites, using it in any public space that we need a quick down-and-dirty sanitization. We clean it, and then we disinfect it so it’s ready to go, so people can feel safe coming in here again,” Levins said.
The robots kill viruses on surfaces without causing damage to furniture, equipment and other items, but are not safe for use on humans or animals.
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