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This UV sanitizer can sanitize... everything

This is one of those things you didn't realize you've always wanted.

3 in 1 UVC Sterilizer and Dryer by Coral UV for $149.99 at Amazon

3 in 1 UVC Sterilizer and Dryer by Coral UV for $149.99 at Amazon


I like my Coral UV Sanitizer: I think it has a lot of practical uses, and lots of people – particularly parents of young children – will find that it genuinely helps their life. And I recommend it.

But since I’m writing this article in the winter of 2021, one of the most frightening winters in living memory, I want to stress that I do not think this is an important part of fighting COVID-19.

3 in 1 UVC Sterilizer and Dryer by Coral UV for $149.99 at Amazon

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I’ll explain why at the end, but let’s start with what this thing does do because there’s plenty to love about this thing. For one thing, it uses UV-C light (a form of UV light that is particularly brutal to organic matter) to keep your stuff clean – and I mean all your stuff. The interior is 10”x8”x8”, and I was able to comfortably fit my sunglasses, car keys, and two face masks inside for testing. Another batch could’ve taken my Nintendo Switch, some glasses, small water bottles – whatever. It also includes a helpful corrugated shelf so you can double-layer smaller items, and sanitize things twice as fast.

The Coral UV sanitizes in four distinct ways: Sterilize and Dry (which blasts the items with UV light and circulates heated air through the HEPA filter in back), Sterilize (which just uses UV light), Dry (which just uses the fan), and 24-hour store, which regularly sanitizes items for (you guessed it) 24 hours.

Touching each button rotates through multiple times for each. The device seems to be happy to sterilize an item in ten minutes, but for the sterilize + dry function it wants you to leave your items inside for around an hour.

The Coral UV Sanitizer will be a huge help to anyone who regularly uses personal medical equipment, like Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, or wants to sterilize multiple milk bottles at once for their infant. It’s easy, convenient, and reduces the wear and tear or scrubbing with traditional soap and water.

Like face masks and nitrile gloves, UV sanitizers spiked in popularity following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was natural then because we knew so little about the virus and “better safe than sorry” was the best advice anyone could give.

Since then, we’ve learned a lot about the virus: We’re pretty certain now that most transmissions happen between people, and we think more than half of these transmissions come from people who don’t realize they have the virus.

While it is almost certainly possible to contract COVID-19 from a “fomite” (an inanimate object that contains transmissible amounts of a virus), simply touching the virus won’t give you COVID-19. You need the virus to enter your eyes or mouth or mucus ducts to become sick. Dr. Mike Bell, Deputy Direct of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Center for Disease Control, told SFGate back in April that the virus cannot “drill through the skin on (your) hand.”

While UV-C light tends to be lethal to microscopic organisms, including other coronaviruses, it has not been tested against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

That said, “better safe than sorry” still applies in a lot of situations, and SARS-CoV-2 is not the only microscopic health risk out there. If you feel the need to own a sanitizer for any reason, this is a great option.